Among the many fascinating things that happened to the Rockies in 2012 is the fact that Jeff Francis led the pitching staff in innings pitched. Francis didn't sign with Colorado until June 8, a few days after the Reds released him from their Triple-A club. He made his first start for the Rockies on June 9 and surrendered eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Francis pitched better after that, although his performance was hardly cause for excitement. He made his starts and logged as many innings as the Rockies’ strict pitch count would allow. He ended up with 113 innings, becoming the only man on the staff to break triple digits. Does that seem unusual? Well, it is.
Francis' total was the lowest for a team leader since 1891, when George Davies paced the Milwaukee Brewers with 102 innings. I know; the Milwaukee Brewers didn't join the American League until 1970. This is the version that lasted exactly one season in the old American Association. Actually, those Brewers didn't last an entire season. They played 36 games before disbanding. Five pitchers worked for them, with Davies notching about a third of the innings.
The list of pitchers who led their team in innings pitched with a total equal to or lower than Francis' last year is a curious one: