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May Pitching Leaders

Time to take a look at the pitching leaders for the period of May 1-31.  Here's a link to the April leaders if you need a reminder.  My original posting of this yesterday had some errors, by the way.

ERA

1. Rick Porcello - 1.50
2. Justin Verlander - 1.52
3. Vicente Padilla - 1.57
3. Zack Greinke - 1.57
5. Jason Vargas - 1.65
6. Roy Halladay - 1.76
7. Randy Wells - 1.80
8. Jake Peavy - 2.13
9. Ramon Troncoso - 2.21
10. Jered Weaver - 2.30

Only Greinke makes a repeat appearance.  How about the surprise appearances from Porcello, Wells, Padilla, and Vargas?  Vargas has been aided greatly by a .218 BABIP on the season.  Porcello is a BABIP guy too but at least he has a 54% groundball rate and killer stuff.  Padilla just snuck in past our 20 IP cutoff.

WHIP

1. Jake Peavy - 0.87
2. Justin Verlander - 0.90
3. Zack Greinke - 0.91
4. Jered Weaver - 0.95
4. Johnny Cueto - 0.95
6. Vicente Padilla - 0.96
7. C.C. Sabathia - 0.96
8. Scott Feldman - 1.01
9. Josh Outman - 1.04
10. Edwin Jackson - 1.04

Greinke and Jackson make repeat appearances.  In case you needed proof either is for real.

K

1. Justin Verlander - 56
2. Jake Peavy - 44
3. Javier Vazquez - 44
3. Zack Greinke - 44
5. Johan Santana - 42
5. Chad Billingsley - 42
7. Jon Lester - 41
7. Tim Lincecum - 41
9. Aaron Harang - 40
10. Jordan Zimmermann - 39

Tip of the cap to anyone who bought low on Verlander after his 6.75 ERA in April.  He's on the leaderboard for both months and has an MLB-best 90 Ks.  As for Lester, the window is almost closed.

W

1. Carl Pavano - 5
1. Justin Verlander - 5
1. Rick Porcello - 5
14 tied with 4

An excellent month of May for Pavano, believe it or not.

SV

1. Trevor Hoffman - 11
2. Francisco Rodriguez - 10
3. Brian Fuentes - 8
3. Brad Lidge - 8
3. Chad Qualls - 8
6. Kevin Gregg - 7
6. Bobby Jenks - 7
6. Heath Bell - 7
6. Jonathan Papelbon - 7
6. Brian Wilson - 7

They didn't come easy for Fuentes or Lidge.  How about Hoffman's flawless May?  Who saw that coming? 

Best roto pitchers year-to-date: Greinke, Santana, Halladay, and Dan Haren.


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