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 Post subject: Leading the NL in ERA
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:06 pm 
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When was the last time the Pirates led the NL in ERA and Runs Scored (among other stats) at the end of April? I think seeing it in writing (sortable stats) is even better. See below:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/2009-standard-pitching.shtml

I know our SOs are low but lets not dwell on the negative tonight :)

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 Post subject: Re: Leading the NL in ERA
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:09 pm 
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And three of the top 20 starters are Buccos (before today's game). Very good start.


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 Post subject: Re: Leading the NL in ERA
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:25 pm 
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The Pirate's pitcher's strikeout totals are not just low. They are dead last. An alarming statistic in my mind considering we all know about the success of pitchers to miss bats and the potential for failure when doing so this infrequently.


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 Post subject: Re: Leading the NL in ERA
PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:32 pm 
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Alexandria Dukes wrote:
The Pirate's pitcher's strikeout totals are not just low. They are dead last. An alarming statistic in my mind considering we all know about the success of pitchers to miss bats and the potential for failure when doing so this infrequently.

But Snell will fan more as the season progresses. Ohlendorf will fan more, once he locates his offspeed. He got by today on basically 95% fastballs. Maholm's K rate so far is well below what it was last year.

Once these pitchers reach their norm, the K rate will increase. Additionally, low K rates are a problem where the pitcher(s) walk batters and have high fly-ball rates. Those "risk factors" do not apply to the Pirates' low K pitchers.


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