Dewan: Young guns in the rotation

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on April 7, 2017:

This season, with injuries to Sonny Gray, Daniel Mengden, and Chris Bassitt, the Oakland Athletics are turning to three players in their starting rotation with very little major league playing experience. These players include two rookies, Jharel Cotton and Raul Alcantara, and sophomore Andrew Triggs who only just exceeded rookie limits in 2016. Similarly, the Rockies are starting the season with two rookies with no prior major league experience, Antonio Senzatela and Kyle Freeland. This got us thinking, how does the inexperience of these two opening day pitching staffs compare to opening day rotations of teams over the last 10 seasons?

Here is a table of the teams since 2008 whose first five starting pitchers of the season had the fewest previous career starts.

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Originally published: April 7, 2017. Last Updated: April 7, 2017.