TheBaseballPage.com

The End of the Four-Man Rotation

The 1980's witnessed the end of the 4-man rotation in baseball. Starting pitchers were becoming pricey and valued fragile commodities, not to mention bullpen specialist were starting to be used more frequently (thanks a lot LaRussa). Days of guys pitching 7-8 innings on 3 days rest became a thing of the past, as a quality start was defined as 6+ IP with 3 runs or less allowed. 1987 was the last year the Phillies employed a 4-man rotation, and the workhorses shouldering the load had nearly identical seasons (see below). Shane Rawley, Don Carman, Bruce Ruffin, and Kevin Gross were the end of an era. Although Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels certainly take the ball and pitch deep into games, they still get the luxury of 4 days rest. 


1987 4-Man Rotation:
*Stats- Record, Games Started, Innings Pitched, ERA/WHIP, BB:K.

Shane Rawley 17-11, 36 GS, 229.2 IP, 4.39/1.46, 86:123.

Don Carman 13-11, 35 GS, 211 IP, 4.22/1.25, 69:125.

Bruce Ruffin 11-14, 35 GS, 204.2 IP, 4.35/1.51, 73:93.

Kevin Gross 9-16, 33 GS, 200.2 IP, 4.35/1.46, 87:110.

 

For more from this author, go to pabaseball.blogspot.com

By Philsbaseball
Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012

 

More From Around the Web

Sponsored Links

Related Content

This day in baseball history

April 27

  • 2003

    On April 27, 2003, Phillies' righty Kevin Millwood no-hits t ...

  • 2002

    On April 27, 2002, Derek Lowe becomes the first pitcher to t ...

  • 1996

    On April 27, 1996, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants b ...

More Baseball History

Player Profile

Mike Williams

P, Houston Astros

Read Bio
Hall of Fame

Ted Lyons

P, Chicago White Sox

Read Bio
Season Profile

2008 New York Yankee

With a newer version

Read Bio
Historical Figure

Cuban Stars

 

Read Bio
Manager Profile

Hank O'Day

Toledo Blue Stockings

Read Bio
Ballpark Profile

Comiskey Park 1910 -

Home of the Chicago White Sox

Read Bio
No votes yet

Comments

Login or register to post comments

Stay Connected

Share |

Today's Poll

Will Red Sox Repeat in 2014: