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Playing Time for Sub-Replacement-Level Performers: Pitchers

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While checking the latest WAR totals of my beloved Red Sox, I noticed Mike Lowell had received quite a few plate appearances while playing below replacement level. This led me to research which teams are giving the most playing time to players under replacement level. Let's start with pitchers today. (I pulled this data from Baseball-Reference yesterday.)

Team IP WAR
MIL 750.1 -9.8
ARI 694.0 -9.8
PHI 561.0 -2.2
CLE 543.1 -4.6
DET 468.0 -4.9
WSN 461.0 -5.0
KCR 453.2 -7.2
HOU 408.0 -5.1
SEA 369.0 -6.9
PIT 366.0 -7.4
BOS 364.1 -3.0
LAD 352.1 -5.5
LAA 341.2 -2.7
CIN 323.1 -2.6
CHC 293.2 -5.9
TOR 274.2 -3.3
NYM 268.1 -4.7
FLA 262.0 -5.1
STL 234.1 -6.0
OAK 223.2 -1.8
TBR 212.1 -1.6
SFG 189.1 -1.8
SDP 176.1 -2.6
TEX 175.2 -1.9
ATL 171.2 -2.7
CHW 149.1 -0.8
COL 136.1 -2.6
BAL 132.1 -1.6
NYY 47.2 -0.1
MIN 21.2 -0.5

Keep in mind that the WAR total here is just for the guys below replacement level. So, while the Phillies gave 561 innings to sub-replacement level pitchers, they only hurt them for -2.2 WAR. On the other hand, the Cardinals handed just 234.1 innings to sub-replacements, but it cost them six wins.

Some notes about each:

Milwaukee: We've got a trio of high inning guys putting in sub-replacement performances—David Bush (-1.5 WAR in 168.1 IP), Chris Narveson (-0.3 WAR in 161 IP), and Manny Parra (-0.9 WAR in 118.1 IP). Doug Jarvis has also rated at -1.5 WAR, but in only 38.1 innings.
  • Arizona: We've got 18 pitchers here under replacement level. The worst was Chad Qualls and his -2.5 WAR before being moved (he's continued to suck, if you were wondering). Innings-wise, Rodrigo Lopez has make 31 starts and thrown 189.1 innings while playing under replacement level. Four other pitchers have cleared 50 innings while being negative—Joe Saunders (woops) among them.
  • Philadelphia: Three more big inning guys here, which kind of surprises me. Kyle Kendrick is -0.2 WAR in 175.2 innings, Joe Blanton is -0.6 WAR in 167.2 IP, and Jamie Moyer just makes the list at -0.1 WAR in 111.2 innings.
  • Cleveland: This list is (sadly) led by The Major Leaguer I Think I'd Most Like To Invite To My Birthday Party, Justin Masterson. He's been -0.7 WAR in 178 innings. Mitch Talbot is -0.4 in his 152.1 frames.
  • Detroit: How the mighty fall. Jeremy Bonderman is at -0.8 (166.2 IP) and Rick Porcello is -0.5 (148.1 IP).
  • Washington: That Jason Marquis deal didn't work out so well. In 52.2 IP, he's -1.6 WAR. Craig Stammen has thrown 127.2 IP at -0.2 WAR.
  • Kansas City: Our beloved Brian Bannister is sitting at -0.8 WAR in 127.2 innings. Anthony Larew, Victor Marte, and Sean O'Sullivan all have a lower WAR.
  • Houston: Bud Norris leads the way with 147.2 innings. His -0.7 WAR is only "bested" by Casey Daigle—he has -0.8 WAR in 10.1 innings. Ouch.
  • Seattle: Ryan Rowland-Smith has the worst WAR in the majors right now at -3.7 (in 104.1 innings). I mean, that's historically bad. Less than ten pitchers in history have had a worse season.
  • Pittsburgh: The Pirates have 15 pitchers here, but luckily none with more than 67.2 innings (Charlie Morton). Morton also happens to be the worst of the crew at -2.6 WAR.
  • Boston: Josh Beckett (-1.1 WAR in 121.2 innings) is not a name you expect to see here. Really, neither is Tim Wakefield (-0.6 WAR in 134 innings). Other that that, it's really Scott Atchinson (57.1 who has seen significant innings). Worth noting is that the Sox have an outfielder on the list (Jonathan Van Every at -0.1 WAR in one inning).
  • LA Dodgers: Charlie Haeger sits at -1.6 WAR in just 30 innings. John Ely has the most innings at 95.1 (-0.4 WAR).
  • LA Angels: Scott Kazmir's 144.2 innings have produced -1.1 WAR. Another name you wouldn't expect to see here.
  • Cincinnati: Mike Leake (-0.4 WAR in 138.1 innings) and Aaron Harang (-1.1 WAR in 109.2 innings) account for most of the damage here.
  • Chicago Cubs: Quite a few pitchers, but none with more than James Russell's 47.2 innings (he has -0.7 WAR). John Grabow's -1.0 WAR is the worst of the crew.
  • Toronto: Brian Tallet is the worst in both innings (75.1) and WAR (-1.2).
  • New York Mets: Oliver Perez's -1.3 WAR is the worst, but nobody has thrown more than 51 innings of sub-replacement ball.
  • Florida: Again, a lot of pitchers. But the only one with significant innings is Nate Robertson's 100.1 (and team-worst -0.7 WAR).
  • St. Louis: They've packed a lot of suck into a few innings. The main offenders are Kyle Lohse (-3.0 WAR in 79 IP) and Blake Hawksworth (-1.0 WAR in 90.1).
  • Oakland: Vin Mazzaro has thrown 116.1 innings and comes in at a hair under replacement, -0.2 WAR. Not too much to complain about here, though.
  • Tampa Bay: James Shields is another somewhat big name on the list. Over 192.1 innings, he has been worth -0.6 WAR. He's the only Ray to do this in over 20 innings, though.
  • San Francisco: The trio of Todd Wellermeyer (-0.5 WAR in 58.2 IP), Guillermo Mota (-0.4 WAR in 51 IP), and Jeremy Affeldt (-0.1 WAR in 49 IP) are the worst offenders.
  • San Diego: I didn't realize San Diego was capable of having a bad pitcher, but Kevin Correia accounts for just about all of this, posting a -1.7 WAR in 145 IP.
  • Texas: Scott Feldman's -1.0 WAR in 137 is the cause of most of this.
  • Atlanta: Kenshin Kawakami is worth -1.0 WAR in 87.1 innings.
  • Chicago White Sox: The White Sox don't have anyone worse than -0.2 WAR (and total just -0.8). Tony Pena is among those with -0.2 WAR in 88.2 IP.
  • Colorado: The brunt of this is Esmil Rogers' -1.5 WAR in 64 innings.
  • Baltimore: Nobody worse than -0.3 WAR and nobody with more than 50 innings, surprisingly. The worst offender is Chris Tillman with -0.3 WAR in 46.2 WAR.
  • New York Yankees: Just Chad Gaudin's -0.1 WAR in 47.2 innings. That's it.
  • Minnesota: If -0.4 WAR in 17 innings of Glen Perkins is your biggest problem, you're doing pretty well.
  • Sometime soon, I'll take a look at the teams giving the most plate appearances to position players under replacement level.