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Groundball Rate Leaders

The top 20 pitchers in groundball rate, courtesy of The Hardball Times:

  1. Derek Lowe - 58.3%.
  2. Gil Meche - 56.8%.  This is a career best by Meche and his xFIP suggests his ERA should be 3.88 instead of 4.60.  Nice buying opportunity.
  3. Joel Pineiro - 56.7%.  Also a career best, though he's struck out just 2.79 per nine.
  4. Roy Halladay - 55.7%.
  5. Josh Johnson - 55.2%.  Career best so far.  This is a Cy Young type season if he stays healthy.
  6. Mike Pelfrey - 55.1%.  Has a 0.65 K/BB, though.
  7. John Lannan - 54.5%.
  8. Fausto Carmona - 54.1%.
  9. Rick Porcello - 53.6%.  The K/BB is tolerable and the 18.9% HR per flyball should come down while the .252 BABIP goes up.  4.52 xFIP vs. a 3.86 ERA.  But man, the talent.
  10. Jeff Suppan - 53.1%.
  11. Justin Masterson - 52.8%.  Would like to see what he'd do with 30 starts.
  12. Sidney Ponson - 52.6%.
  13. Jason Marquis - 51.4%.
  14. Paul Maholm - 51.2%.
  15. Ubaldo Jimenez - 50.0%.  Too many walks but has an 8.0 K/9.


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