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Fun with runs allowed

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The MLB.com website has sortable stats. They're fun. Why can't SB Nation add them? Hell, even Fox Sports has them. Somebody please do something about this. Pitchers with most runs allowed in the AL this season: 1. Lackey, BOS, 35, 8.01 ERA 2. Pavano, MIN, 34, 6.64 3. Davies, KC, 33, 7.08 4. Hochevar, KC, 31, 4.91 5. Francis, KC, 29, 5.09 6. Hernández, SEA, 29, 3.36 7. Santana, LAA, 29, 4.81 8. Liriano, MIN, 28, 7.07 9. Reyes, TOR, 28, 5.00 10. Penny, DET, 27, 4.78 I bet you already picked the outlier, King Felix, who leads the league in starts with 9 and in IP with 61, and who has given up six unearned runs. He can be hit, however; he's given up 55 hits and struck out 55 batters. The rest of these guys are, to me, the definition of replacement level starting pitchers, since you would like to replace them if you could. They've been good enough at some point in their careers to be allowed to rack up innings this season, and bad enough right now that they're getting hit hard. And you could get most of them in a trade right now for next to nothing. Liriano has 27 walks, for Chrissakes. Reyes is getting hit harder than his 5.00 ERA would suggest, since he's given up eight unearned runs. The guys between 11 and about 16 on the list are Detroit and White Sox pitchers, who have been getting hit, too. The AL Central is not strong this year.

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