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Groundball Leaders

It's important to follow the game's groundball masters.  Sometimes when we look at pitching peripherals we look at various basic stats but forget the groundball rate.  Here are the current leaders:

  1. Fausto Carmona - 68.0%.
  2. Brandon Webb - 65.4%.
  3. Aaron Cook - 60.1%.
  4. Roy Halladay - 59.5%.
  5. Tim Hudson - 59.4%.
  6. Daniel Cabrera - 57.5%.
  7. John Lannan - 57.1%.
  8. Derek Lowe - 56.5%.
  9. Chien-Ming Wang - 56.2%.
  10. Ubaldo Jimenez - 55.9%.
  11. Jose Contreras - 55.7%.
  12. Ryan Dempster - 55.1%.
  13. Edinson Volquez - 53.9%.
  14. Mark Buehrle - 53.6%.
  15. Andy Pettitte - 53.3%.

Out of the top 15, 11 have an ERA below 4.00.  The groundballs help explain why pitchers with questionable strikeout rates can still be effective.  Then you have a guy like Volquez, with a K/9 above 10 and a groundball rate near 54%.  That combo is not going to result in many hits or homeruns.  Felix Hernandez and Chad Billingsley are two other young hurlers with a similar if less pronounced profile.


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