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BABIP, Anyone?

Been a while since we looked at the winners and losers of BABIP.  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 pitchers have a BABIP below .260, and are therefore likely to see their WHIPs rise.  Be extra skeptical of those with K/BB ratios below 2.0.

NAME BABIP K/BB ISO ERA WHIP
Gavin Floyd 0.209 1.63 0.186 3.39 1.12
Armando Galarraga 0.212 1.79 0.155 3.32 1.11
Shaun Marcum 0.228 3.19 0.140 2.65 1.00
Justin Duchscherer 0.229 3.06 0.084 1.91 0.91
John Lackey 0.235 4.15 0.121 1.44 0.89
J.P. Howell 0.242 2.05 0.111 3.02 1.14
Scott Olsen 0.243 1.45 0.159 3.47 1.25
Cole Hamels 0.243 3.32 0.166 3.38 1.03
Dave Bush 0.246 1.88 0.210 4.94 1.23
Joe Saunders 0.246 1.83 0.130 3.06 1.15
Tim Wakefield 0.246 1.64 0.154 3.88 1.25
Daisuke Matsuzaka 0.250 1.36 0.125 3.21 1.39
Ryan Dempster 0.250 2.10 0.119 3.26 1.18
Scott Kazmir 0.253 3.00 0.121 2.28 1.04
Matt Garza 0.253 1.90 0.128 3.76 1.21
Jeremy Guthrie 0.256 2.18 0.148 3.50 1.20
Dan Haren 0.257 5.05 0.134 2.85 0.97
Greg Reynolds 0.259 0.82 0.190 5.75 1.46
Adam Wainwright 0.259 3.10 0.161 3.14 1.09

The following pitchers have BABIPs above .340 and should see their WHIPs come down:

NAME BABIP K/BB ISO ERA WHIP
Ian Snell 0.385 1.31 0.155 5.99 1.93
Shawn Hill 0.374 1.70 0.165 5.83 1.75
Bronson Arroyo 0.372 2.51 0.224 6.19 1.67
Kevin Millwood 0.359 1.94 0.142 5.08 1.67
Franquelis Osoria 0.355 2.45 0.201 6.02 1.64
Andrew Miller 0.354 1.76 0.122 5.05 1.59
Livan Hernandez 0.354 1.95 0.161 5.22 1.60
Randy Johnson 0.350 3.17 0.168 4.94 1.44
Barry Zito 0.345 0.92 0.149 5.91 1.82
Mike Pelfrey 0.344 1.17 0.110 4.47 1.65
Doug Davis 0.342 1.69 0.114 3.68 1.54
Andrew Sonnanstine 0.341 3.53 0.169 4.60 1.39
Javier Vazquez 0.341 3.25 0.181 4.49 1.39
Nate Robertson 0.341 2.36 0.175 5.23 1.52

Randy Johnson and Andy Sonnanstine look like solid buying opportunities.  You want guys with ISOs close to .150, because that means they're just giving up lucky singles.


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