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Assessing the Best & Worst Valued Pitching Staffs

Assessing the Best & Worst Valued Pitching Staffs Benny Sieu | USA Today Sports
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Assessing the Best & Worst Valued Pitching Staffs

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With just 45 regular season games remaining in the 2014 MLB season the stretch to the postseason is upon us. We'll take a quick snapshot of each team's pitching staff to assess current payroll, team earned run average, and the coinciding record to date.

Best Value Starting Rotation
The Cleveland Indians are playing .500 baseball with just under $3 million allocated to their starting rotation. Even as they shuffle the likes of Josh Tomlin, Zach McAllister, etc in and out of the fold - the financial numbers hardly change.

Best Value Bullpen
The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves with the best valued bullpen, with just $2.55M allocated to their relievers (2nd lowest in MLB). Their 62-55 record is 2.5 games out of 1st place, and locked into the second wildcard spot in the National League.

Worst Value Starting Rotation
No surprise here. The Phillies have $43.425M allocated to their current starting five - a figure that doesn't even include Cliff Lee's $25M salary (on the disabled list). The Phillies boast the 3rd highest rotation payroll in MLB, but an ERA near 4, and a last place record of 53-65.

Worst Value Bullpen
The Chicago Cubs have nearly $14M allocated to their current bullpen, 4th most in MLB. Their 50-66 record is good for 4th worst in the game right now.

Best Value Closer
The St. Louis Cardinals started the year with a question mark at the end of their bullpen, with previous closer Jason Motte battling injury. Trevor Rosenthal has stepped in with hardly a bump in the road through 3/4 of the season. As a whole the Cardinals have 39 total saves (tied for 2nd most), and a 62-54 record.

Worst Value Closer
The Phillies find themselves the leader of this pack as well, with veteran closer Jonathan Papelbon earning $13 million in 2014 (most of any closer), but posting just 27 saves (26th most in MLB).

Related:

Team Rotation Bullpen Closer Team ERA SAVES Record
Arizona Diamondbacks $10,430,000 $8,260,000 $538,500 4.31 30 51-67
Atlanta Braves $20,422,916 $4,112,267 $7,250,000 3.39 41 60-57
Baltimore Orioles $21,753,833 $10,750,075 $521,500 3.67 37 67-50
Boston Red Sox $9,636,617 $13,000,000 $4,250,000 3.87 28 52-65
Chicago Cubs $18,444,500 $13,755,000 $514,000 3.84 22 50-66
Chicago White Sox $21,127,400 $5,346,549 $500,000 4.39 26 56-63
Cincinnati Reds $33,675,000 $11,720,000 $7,835,772 3.36 32 60-58
Cleveland Indians $2,702,034 $9,504,500 $515,400 3.84 29 59-59
Colorado Rockies $14,214,500 $13,729,000 $2,250,000 4.99 19 46-71
Detroit Tigers $48,538,661 $6,237,500 $9,000,000 3.92 29 63-52
Houston Astros $13,512,300 $3,510,800 $2,750,000 4.40 19 49-69
Kansas City Royals $29,526,500 $12,802,000 $4,725,000 3.58 36 63-53
Los Angeles Angels $34,250,500 $10,552,336 $7,000,000 3.64 32 68-49
Los Angeles Dodgers $51,404,761 $26,800,000 $4,300,000 3.33 35 67-52
Miami Marlins $1,693,202 $4,421,500 $3,800,000 3.89 31 57-60
Milwaukee Brewers $24,015,000 $9,142,600 $3,250,000 3.68 36 65-53
Minnesota Twins $9,502,500 $8,256,500 $4,025,000 4.36 30 52-64
New York Mets $18,687,375 $2,405,955 $509,675 3.55 28 56-62
New York Yankees $29,100,000 $8,232,964 $5,215,000 3.82 39 61-56
Oakland Athletics $24,865,706 $8,875,900 $600,000 3.18 26 72-45
Philadelphia Phillies $43,425,000 $4,528,500 $13,000,000 3.96 27 53-65
Pittsburgh Pirates $16,040,500 $2,554,000 $2,595,000 3.69 33 62-55
San Diego Padres $11,330,000 $4,335,000 $6,000,000 3.07 29 54-62
San Francisco Giants $41,833,638 $17,700,000 $4,500,000 3.42 34 62-56
Seattle Mariners $31,622,442 $4,156,800 $7,000,000 2.99 36 62-55
St. Louis Cardinals $35,285,166 $6,014,000 $521,000 3.59 39 62-54
Tampa Bay Rays $5,479,316 $9,749,750 $1,450,000 3.58 27 57-60
Texas Rangers $13,557,372 $5,202,082 $3,000,000 4.81 22 46-71
Toronto Blue Jays $37,203,200 $4,818,100 $4,000,000 4.02 33 63-56
Washington Nationals $27,781,100 $18,875,000 $11,000,000 3.14 29 63-53

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