As a group, the Milwaukee Brewers rotation set 11 MLB and Franchise records in 2021.
MLB and Franchise Records set by the Brewers Rotation Group in 2021
- Most starts of 6+ IP and 1 or fewer hits allowed in a season (MLB) (Franchise)
- Most consecutive starts with 5+ IP and 1 R or less allowed (Franchise)
- Most times a pitcher struck out 9+ and not gotten the win (Franchise)
- First rotation (min. 118 IP) with 5 starters having a 3.22 ERA or lower (MLB) (Franchise)
- First rotation (min. 118 IP) with 5 starters having an ERA+ at 132 or higher (MLB) (Franchise)
- First rotation (min. 118 IP) with 5 starters having a H/9 at 7.5 or lower (MLB) (Franchise)
- Eric Lauer – most consecutive starts of 5+ IP and 1 ER or less (T-Franchise)
Eric Lauer, Brandon Woodruff, and Corbin Burnes all tied the Brewers franchise record for most consecutive starts of 5 IP and 1 ER or less. The Brewers had three such streaks in the previous 50 years of franchise history. They had three separate such streaks by three different pitchers just this season.
Lauer finished the season with 118.2 IP, which is the reasoning behind the minimum innings limit set for that stretch of records. He threw the fifth most innings on this staff this season. No other rotation, no other team in the history of baseball has had five pitchers with 118 IP that all had ERAs so low. No other team had five pitchers with an ERA+ so high, and no other team had five pitchers with a H/9 so low.
Even with the lower bar for innings, not all being qualified for the ERA title, the Brewers still had the only group of five pitchers with 118 IP to meet those parameters in baseball history. Every other team would have the same lower bar of innings to get five pitchers to have those stats, and no one else could do it.
This group has clearly been the most elite and complete rotation in history at keeping earned runs and hits to a minimum. The defense behind them must also get credit for what they’ve done to eliminate hits and eliminate runs. The Run Prevention Unit that David Stearns put together clearly did it’s job.
This is arguably the best performing rotation in MLB history. No other team has had five starters perform to these levels. Others have had three or even four, but not five.
It’s a long list of records, and the Brewers are just getting started. Stat records courtesy of Baseball-Reference’s Stathead.