Starting Pitching Has Been Lacking This Postseason

Old friend Edwin Jackson looks to pitch the St. Louis Cardinals into their 18th World Series tonight (Getty Images)

The Texas Rangers have already punched their ticket to the World Series, finishing off the Detroit Tigers in six games with a 15-5 walloping on Saturday night. The St. Louis Cardinals look to do the same today, with old friend Edwin Jackson on the mound. The Milwaukee Brewers are back at Miller Park, where they are 61-25 this season.

Shaun Marcum gets the start for the Brewers, looking to turn the tide from his last month. Over his last six starts, Marcum has allowed 31 runs in 33 innings. But starting pitching hasn't exactly been the calling card this postseason:

Starting Pitching, 2011 Postseason
Round Starts Quality W-L IP/GS ERA WHIP FIP
LDS 38 15 14-16 5.50 4.61 1.258 4.34
LCS 22 4 5-9 5.11 6.01 1.665 5.16
Totals 60 19 19-25 5.36 5.10 1.400 4.63

Jackson has one of the 18 quality starts this postseason, a win in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies. He will have to contend with Ryan Braun, who has at least two hits and at least one double in all five home games this postseason. At Miller Park in the playoffs this year, Braun has 12 hits in 19 at-bats with five doubles and two home runs.

The cumulative postseason bullpen ERA so far has been 3.84, with a 3.68 FIP and 1.218 WHIP. In the league championship series, relievers have put up a 3.57 ERA, 3.98 FIP, and 1.109 WHIP, while averaging just under four innings per game.

Game Time: 5:05 p.m.

TV: TBS

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