Swol: How many starters does an MLB team really use?

From SABR member John Swol at Twins Trivia on February 22, 2017:

Twins beat writer Phil Miller wrote in this past Sunday’s edition of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the Minnesota Twins could have as many as 12 different pitchers fighting for the five spots in the 2017 starting rotation. Keep that number 12 in the back of your mind as you read this.


National League teams used 176 different starters in their quest for wins and that comes out to an average of 11.73 starters. The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants only required eight starters each while the Atlanta Braves had double that. They needed 16 starters to get through the season.

The Twins have used as many as 13 different starters in 1962 and 1995, and as few as six starters in 1972.

Read the full article here: http://twinstrivia.com/2017/02/22/how-many-starters-does-a-mlb-team-really-use/

Originally published: February 22, 2017. Last Updated: February 22, 2017.