MLB Power Rankings: Which pitching rotation is the best in baseball?

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LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Clayton Richard #3 of the San Diego Padres reacts as Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds thrid after hitting a solo home run in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

24. San Diego Padres

Here are some of the Padres’ rotation numbers and how they stack up with the rest of the league:

  • 4.96 ERA (24th)
  • .274 BAA (26th)
  • 125 BB (26th)

If you couldn’t tell, it’s not so pretty. the singular bright spot of the rotation lies in Tyson Ross, who has preformed extremely well given the rest of his team. He’s tossed to a 3.29 ERA, 0.7 HR/9 and a 9.3 K/9 rate.

Ross, who has always been a fairly consistent source of production, has stifled right-handed hitters this season. In 180 at-bat’s against the veteran they’re hitting just .154.

Aside from Ross, though, it hasn’t been very encouraging. In the No.1 spot, Clayton Richard has pitched to a 4.74 ERA, though he’s allowed 10 runs in his last four starts. This can be considered a definite improvement from his first eight where he allowed 29 runs.

Eric Lauer hasn’t provided much optimism. In his seven starts, he’s has been shelled for a 7.71 ERA mostly due to his inconsistent stuff.

On the other hand, Jordan Lyles has actually done quite well this year. Out of the bullpen and in the rotation, he’s crafted a 3.83 ERA and 1.157 WHIP. Additionally, he’s found himself with a 101 ERA+.

Most of the rotations name is made up of journeymen or those who never really got their names on the map. It’s also pretty likely that Ross will be traded at some point in the future.