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Early 2013 starter rankings

Updated: September 27, 2012, 4:52 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Three years makes it clear: It's a pitchers' era.

OK, OK, so perhaps that's stretching it. After all, the league's ERA is currently 4.02, only a hair beneath the 4.08 number across all of Major League Baseball since 1970. So let's amend that statement: This is actually a neutral era, but it's fine to embellish by applying a "pitchers' era" label if you add the caveat that it's comparative to the "hitters' era" from 1998 to 2004, when the MLB mark was 4.49.

There's ...

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