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Pitcher Abuse Points Per Start

Here's a more sophisticated way to gauge which starters might be injury risks in 2009.  Plus, it's a rate stat.  The leaders in Pitcher Abuse Points per start (100 inning minimum):

  1. Tim Lincecum (Bochy)
  2. C.C. Sabathia (Yost/Wedge)
  3. Roy Halladay (Gibbons/Gaston)
  4. Justin Verlander (Leyland)
  5. Carlos Zambrano (Piniella)
  6. Matt Cain (Bochy)
  7. Jake Peavy (Black)
  8. Ben Sheets (Yost)
  9. Gil Meche (Hillman)
  10. Brett Myers (Manuel)

Last year's leaders:

  1. A.J. Burnett (Gibbons)
  2. Daisuke Matsuzaka (Francona)
  3. Carlos Zambrano (Piniella)
  4. Roy Halladay (Gibbons)
  5. Aaron Harang (Narron/Mackanin)
  6. Bronson Arroyo (Narron/Mackanin)
  7. Matt Cain (Bochy)
  8. Livan Hernandez (Melvin)
  9. Oliver Perez (Randolph)
  10. Justin Verlander (Leyland)

Anybody else worried about Cain and Lincecum?  Bochy pretty much snapped Adam Eaton's elbow ligament himself back in 2001.


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