Josh Outman was dealt to Oakland last July in the trade that brought Joe Blanton to town. At the time of the trade, Outman had a 3.20 ERA in 33 games for double A Reading. Outman went on to make his Major League debut for the A's last September, and posted a 4.56 ERA in 6 appearances for Oakland in 2008. This season in the Majors, Outman has thrown in 8 games, 6 of which have been starts, and has a 3.31 ERA (excluding his worst single outing, his ERA would be 2.82). Over his last four games, all starts, Outman's ERA is 2.42 with a strike out to walk ratio of 20:7.
By comparison, in Joe Blanton's last four starts, his ERA is 6.56 (that is actually better than Joe's season ERA, which is 6.86) and he has a strike out to walk ratio of 17:12. Things like these Outman/Blanton differences jump out at me...especially when Phillies starting pitchers have a combined 6.24 ERA.
What other starters have the Phillies let get away that would be an improvement over the average ERA by their rotation?
Randy Wolf- 9 starts, 2.72 ERA (2.37 if you exclude his single worst start)
Kevin Millwood- 8 starts, 2.93 ERA (2.45 if you exclude his single worst start)
Kyle Lohse- 8 starts, 4.66 ERA (3.79 if you exclude his single worst start)
Vicente Padilla- 8 starts, 4.71 ERA (3.69 if you exclude his single worst start)
If it's any consolation, Adam Eaton and Gavin Floyd have a combined 7.81 ERA this season, and Freddy Garcia is unemployed.