Pretenders and Contenders (Pitchers) 5/19/2009

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Here is another addition to our pretenders and contenders story line. As you can see there are some definite contenders (Lincecum) that are just getting robbed out on the baseball diamond. Others, like Volquez and Wolf, are getting luckier than they should. A new category that you should pay attention to is FIP, which is basically what there ERA should be. The formal definition is "Fielding Independent Pitching, a measure of all those things for which a pitcher is specifically responsible. The formula is (HR*13+(BB+HBP-IBB)*3-K*2)/IP, plus a league-specific factor (usually around 3.2) to round out the number to an equivalent ERA number. FIP helps you understand how well a pitcher pitched, regardless of how well his fielders fielded." Anyways, here is the current list of Pretenders and Contenders.

Pretenders

Name Team K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 AVG WHIP BABIP LOB% ERA FIP E-F  
 
Edinson Volquez Reds 8.32 5.73 1.45 1.11 .189 1.29 .220 73.8 % 4.25 5.19 -0.94
 
Matt Garza Rays 7.50 3.83 1.96 0.83 .191 1.09 .224 71.7 % 3.50 4.09 -0.59
 
Brian Tallet Blue Jays 6.59 4.46 1.48 1.49 .217 1.28 .227 70.8 % 4.68 5.47 -0.79
 
Jered Weaver Angels 6.79 2.10 3.23 1.13 .207 0.97 .228 84.1 % 2.59 4.10 -1.51
 
Chris Volstad Marlins 6.70 2.98 2.25 1.49 .222 1.14 .236 75.9 % 3.35 4.94 -1.59
 
Johnny Cueto Reds 6.94 2.51 2.77 0.77 .205 1.01 .239 89.6 % 1.93 3.69 -1.76
 
Doug Davis Diamondbacks 6.26 2.86 2.19 1.61 .233 1.17 .241 86.5 % 3.22 5.17 -1.95
 
John Maine Mets 6.47 5.36 1.21 0.67 .209 1.34 .242 69.5 % 4.24 4.68 -0.44
 
Randy Wolf Dodgers 7.35 3.04 2.42 0.80 .205 1.07 .242 75.5 % 2.72 3.75 -1.04
 

Contenders

Name Team K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 AVG WHIP BABIP LOB% ERA FIP E-F  
 
Justin Verlander Tigers 12.34 3.04 4.06 0.54 .233 1.19 .354 60.6 % 4.29 2.39 1.90
 
Kevin Slowey Twins 6.56 0.75 8.75 1.50 .324 1.44 .362 78.2 % 4.50 4.24 0.26
 
Josh Beckett Red Sox 8.69 4.34 2.00 0.94 .294 1.66 .366 64.4 % 5.85 4.17 1.69
 
Carl Pavano Indians 6.75 2.11 3.20 1.05 .318 1.55 .366 62.3 % 6.33 4.09 2.24
 
Andy Sonnanstine Rays 5.36 3.12 1.71 1.12 .338 1.79 .371 59.1 % 7.36 4.76 2.61
 
Gavin Floyd White Sox 7.11 4.67 1.52 1.22 .324 1.87 .375 59.5 % 7.71 5.03 2.69
 
Scott Olsen Nationals 6.37 3.95 1.61 1.76 .342 1.90 .375 62.9 % 7.24 5.66 1.58
 
Ricky Nolasco Marlins 7.56 2.59 2.92 1.30 .330 1.68 .387 52.7 % 7.78 4.35 3.43
 
Jon Lester Red Sox 10.34 3.06 3.38 1.91 .312 1.62 .389 68.3 % 6.51 4.77 1.74
 
Tim Lincecum Giants 11.80 2.86 4.13 0.18 .260 1.31 .392 68.6 % 3.75 1.87 1.88