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BABIP, Anyone?

Time for another installment of everyone's favorite BABIP, Anyone? series.  Here we look at pitchers with abnormal batting averages on balls in play.  I've incorporated ISO into the chart as well.  ISO, or Isolated Power, is calculated as SLG-BA.  It is a measure of extra-base hits.  League average is right around .150 in both leagues.

The following starters have BABIPs below .260.  All else being equal, their WHIPs should rise.  Considering moving guys with K/BBs below 2.0 (with a few exceptions).

NAME BABIP K/BB ISO ERA WHIP
Shaun Marcum 0.173 2.95 0.153 2.80 0.87
Gavin Floyd 0.176 0.93 0.149 2.93 1.08
Armando Galarraga 0.205 1.53 0.140 3.70 1.14
Ryan Dempster 0.218 2.04 0.075 2.70 1.06
Scott Olsen 0.228 1.00 0.150 3.38 1.28
Joe Saunders 0.234 1.53 0.085 2.31 1.06
Daisuke Matsuzaka 0.236 1.39 0.122 2.40 1.32
Brandon Webb 0.247 3.29 0.082 2.69 0.98
Paul Byrd 0.247 3.29 0.181 4.10 1.14
Daniel Cabrera 0.247 1.40 0.151 3.70 1.29
Jeff Bennett 0.248 1.23 0.129 3.60 1.35
Erik Bedard 0.252 2.00 0.189 4.70 1.30
Tim Redding 0.253 1.87 0.140 3.59 1.23
Jeremy Guthrie 0.253 1.91 0.144 3.62 1.25
Jose Contreras 0.255 2.63 0.084 3.06 1.05
Todd Wellemeyer 0.255 2.41 0.148 3.36 1.13
Tim Hudson 0.255 2.80 0.110 2.97 1.05
Justin Duchscherer 0.256 3.75 0.074 2.16 0.96
Ben Sheets 0.257 4.08 0.168 2.92 1.05
Cole Hamels 0.257 2.95 0.132 3.18 1.07
Scott Feldman 0.259 1.69 0.180 4.57 1.27

There are some incredibly low WHIPs here that have no chance of lasting.

Conversely, these pitchers have BABIPs over .350 and should see their WHIPs decrease.  There are a host of solid buying opportunities here.

NAME BABIP K/BB ISO ERA WHIP
Bronson Arroyo 0.383 2.50 0.185 5.68 1.65
Andrew Miller 0.382 2.20 0.137 5.33 1.66
Miguel Batista 0.379 1.13 0.175 6.47 1.97
Clay Buchholz 0.365 2.15 0.105 5.53 1.63
Ian Snell 0.355 1.58 0.138 4.84 1.70
Manny Parra 0.351 1.50 0.148 5.11 1.72
Nate Robertson 0.350 2.47 0.175 5.88 1.56
Chris Sampson 0.350 2.08 0.163 6.04 1.56
Mike Pelfrey 0.349 0.95 0.136 5.00 1.73
Paul Maholm 0.349 2.05 0.113 5.11 1.52
Kenny Rogers 0.348 0.93 0.192 6.66 1.88
Nick Blackburn 0.347 3.09 0.120 3.55 1.41
Andy Pettitte 0.346 2.94 0.111 4.27 1.44
Jarrod Washburn 0.345 2.46 0.210 6.54 1.51
Matt Chico 0.344 1.82 0.246 6.19 1.67
Jason Marquis 0.343 1.45 0.159 4.97 1.64
Jamie Moyer 0.343 1.86 0.182 4.37 1.60
C.C. Sabathia 0.342 2.80 0.169 4.74 1.43
Barry Zito 0.341 0.96 0.153 5.65 1.80
Randy Johnson 0.341 3.92 0.183 4.03 1.32

I wouldn't say that all of these pitchers will come around, but most should get better.  Many are already on their way, like Sabathia, Arroyo, and Miller.


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