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March 10, 2014

Five to Watch

National League Pitchers With Elevated BABIPs

by Craig Goldstein


A lot of the time, batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is used as a shorthand for luck, and while that can be the case, it’s not necessarily the case. Today I’m going to look at the top five BABIP pitchers in the National League with a minimum of 150 innings pitched to see what, if anything, connects them, and if that means there is hidden value in these players.

Name

BABIP

K%

BB%

ERA

Edinson Volquez

.325

18.3%

9.9%

5.71

Edwin Jackson

.322

17.4%

7.6%

4.98

Lance Lynn

.314

23.1%

8.9%

3.97

Jeff Samardzija

.314

23.4%

8.5%

4.34

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CespedesBBQ

Meh

Mar 10, 2014 11:09 AM
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BP staff member Craig Goldstein
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thx

Mar 10, 2014 11:18 AM
 
bhalpern

I don't know what Cespedes meant, but that's certainly what my first thought is on Jackson or Volquez. Lynn and Schmourdja are at least meh+. Maholm is certainly meh-.

Mar 10, 2014 11:45 AM
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BP staff member Craig Goldstein
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I agree. I'm not a fan of any option here, but I thought the topic was worth looking at and they were the top 5. Fwiw, Wainwright was #7

Mar 10, 2014 11:55 AM
 
davinhbrown

I realize there is 'stuff' and the perception that a pitching coach likely believes he can be the one to fix a certain pitcher....[and the Buccos have done that recently] but it just seems odd to me that Maholm can't get even a 'battle' for a starting gig, while Volquez gets $5m guaranteed.

Mar 10, 2014 16:47 PM
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MaineSkin

Samardja has not recorded over a 3.50 xERA (HQ) since moving into the CHC rotation. His elite K% and GB% is just are to witness over 2 full seasons. He reminds me of ScheRzer who was always prone to big innings bc of the BBs. Is that to lofty of a comp? It took Scherzer 3yrs to get the BB% down, so Samardja '15 may be the peak breakout target date. Oh Morrow

Mar 14, 2014 23:26 PM
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