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March 12, 2014

Five to Watch

American League Starting Pitchers

by Craig Goldstein


As we learned in the NL iteration of this exercise, BABIP affects bad and good pitchers alike, but that doesn’t mean it is pure luck. Team defense, ground-ball rates and the ability to miss bats all factor in to a pitcher’s likelihood of retaining a low BABIP, decreasing a high BABIP or just producing consistent a consistent BABIP year-to-year.

Below are the top five BABIP affected pitchers in the American League from 2013. While one has since been sent to the National League, there’s reason to believe that four of the five have the ability to be better this year than they were last year. Then there’s Joe Saunders.

Name

BABIP

K%

BB%

ERA

Bud Norris

.333

18.9%

8.3%

4.14

Joe Saunders

.332

13.1%

7.4%

5.26

Doug Fister

.332

18%

5%

3.68

Rick Porcello

.317

19.3%

5.8%

4.43

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