This article is part of our The Z Files series.
To that end, there's a down and dirty means of identifying viable cash game pitchers – The Rule of 13. To be safe for cash play, the pitcher should be expected to total 13 innings plus strikeouts. That's it, simple as that.
To be clear, 13 is something more than arbitrary but less than the ideal gas law. It's empirical but has worked quite well as a guideline.
So what pitchers make for reliable cash game starters? Here's a table showing 2015 data, including the percentage of starts satisfying the Rule of 13, the percent of those at home, average innings pitched per start, strikeouts per start and the all-important sum of the average innings and strikeouts per start.
|NAME||GS||R13 PCT||HOME PCT||IP/GS||K/GS||(IP+K)/GS|