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BABIP, Anyone?

Is it too early for the first BABIP, Anyone entry of 2009?  Definitely.  We're using the ridiculously low minimum of five innings pitched.  But just for the hell of it, here are your early leaders.

NAME BABIP K/BB ISO ERA WHIP
John Maine 0.000 5.00 0.353 3.60 0.60
Chris Carpenter 0.059 3.50 0.000 0.00 0.43
Edwin Jackson 0.108 1.75 0.255 3.38 0.83
Anthony Reyes 0.111 0.67 0.286 6.00 1.00
Chad Billingsley 0.143 1.00 0.000 3.00 1.00
Alfredo Simon 0.143 1.50 0.316 7.20 1.20
Kyle Lohse 0.152 8.00 0.073 1.13 0.56
Bartolo Colon 0.158 1.00 0.000 0.00 0.83
Andy Pettitte 0.167 6.00 0.083 1.29 0.57
Brad Penny 0.167 1.00 0.318 4.50 1.17
Joba Chamberlain 0.176 5.00 0.261 1.50 0.83
Brett Myers 0.182 6.00 0.412 5.54 1.08
Vicente Padilla 0.188 1.67 0.136 4.76 1.24
Dan Haren 0.188 3.67 0.091 2.08 0.77
John Danks 0.188 1.67 0.000 0.00 1.00
Mark Buehrle 0.188 2.67 0.190 2.38 0.97
Matt Garza 0.190 1.67 0.115 1.29 1.00
Jon Garland 0.190 0.67 0.167 3.86 1.14
Trevor Cahill 0.194 0.50 0.100 2.25 1.25
Joe Saunders 0.195 0.80 0.170 2.63 1.10

On the flip side, how about these unlucky fellows?

NAME BABIP K/BB ISO ERA WHIP
Todd Wellemeyer 0.571 1.50 0.083 9.00 2.80
Tim Lincecum 0.500 1.67 0.243 7.56 2.40
Jon Lester 0.467 2.50 0.238 9.00 2.00
Johnny Cueto 0.467 9.00 0.320 6.00 1.50
Cliff Lee 0.457 2.00 0.174 9.90 2.20
Matt Harrison 0.429 0.40 0.130 6.35 2.47
Kris Benson 0.421 1.50 0.292 12.60 2.40
Brian Bass 0.421 2.50 0.655 16.88 2.81
Rick Porcello 0.412 4.00 0.261 7.20 2.00
A.J. Burnett 0.400 6.00 0.182 3.38 1.50
Bronson Arroyo 0.400 2.00 0.083 7.50 1.67
Scott Olsen 0.400 0.83 0.378 14.63 2.50
Dana Eveland 0.400 2.00 0.042 4.50 1.67
Aaron Cook 0.400 2.00 0.250 9.72 1.92

Yes, looking at BABIP for guys with one start is pretty much useless.  I was itching to do it anyway to see who the first-week leaders are. 

What we all really want to know is this.  Was this a two-start blip for Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum, or will last year's Cy Young winners post ERAs around 4.00 in 2009?  For Lee, his combined game score for his two starts is 61.  He did something similar last year - his May 30th and June 4th starts had a combined game score of 69.  Lincecum's combined game score is 75 this year.  He had a combined 90 for June 16th and 22nd in '08, but nothing worse than that.  Going back to his rookie season we find a combined 51 after stinkers vs. the Blue Jays and Brewers in June of '07.


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