Swinging Strikes and Balls Leaderboard

To help tide you over until Jeff's recap is up and since there's not much else happening for the rest of the day, here's a leaderboard of pitchers who have missed the most (and fewest) bats and thrown the fewest (and most) balls up through play yesterday. I've included some mini-thoughts that jumped out at me from looking over this list.

Starting Pitchers Relief Pitchers
Player Swing% Player Swing% Player Swing% Player Swing%
Mike Mussina 3.46 Rich Harden 15.64 Chris Britton 1.83 Jose Valverde 17.36
Livan Hernandez 3.79 Randy Johnson 13.21 Steve Trachsel 1.98 Ramon Ramirez 16.99
Jason Jennings 4.42 Edinson Volquez 12.61 Wes Littleton 2.84 Dennys Reyes 15.66
Carlos Silva 4.44 Scott Kazmir 12.54 Kirk Saarloos 2.88 Max Scherzer 15.29
Daniel Cabrera 4.45 C.C. Sabathia 11.91 Alberto Arias 3.54 Juan Cruz 14.88
Steve Trachsel 4.52 Jason Bergmann 11.88 Greg Aquino 3.97 Aaron Heilman 14.52
Kyle Kendrick 4.52 Tim Lincecum 11.58 Jeremy Accardo 4.00 Brad Lidge 14.52
Shawn Hill 4.66 Jake Peavy 11.55 Kevin Cameron 4.19 Rafael Perez 14.41
Aaron Cook 4.77 Brandon Webb 10.86 Glendon Rusch 4.25 Jonathan Papelbon 14.32
Sidney Ponson 4.78 Scott Baker 10.60 Brian Moehler 4.26 Mark DiFelice 14.29
Zach Duke 4.88 Clay Buchholz 10.60 Freddy Dolsi 4.50 Huston Street 14.29
Scott Feldman 4.90 Jonathan Sanchez 10.51 Luis Ayala 4.51 Octavio Dotel 14.23
Pat Misch 4.99 Cole Hamels 10.45 Ehren Wassermann 4.55 Al Reyes 14.08
Brian Bannister 5.12 Tim Hudson 10.36 Lee Gardner 4.64 Jonathan Broxton 13.97
Joe Blanton 5.17 Chad Billingsley 10.21 Justin Germano 4.67 Rafael Betancourt 13.66
Ian Kennedy 5.18 Johan Santana 10.11 Billy Traber 4.67 Boone Logan 13.40
Kyle Lohse 5.22 Shaun Marcum 10.10 Todd Jones 4.71 Scott Eyre 13.39
Glen Perkins 5.41 Carlos Villanueva 10.08 Denny Bautista 4.78 Francisco Cruceta 13.30
Mark Redman 5.48 Javier Vazquez 10.07 Gary Glover 4.96 Tyler Walker 13.27
Mark Hendrickson 5.50 Micah Owings 10.02 Ryan Speier 5.04 Joe Nathan 13.16
Greg Reynolds 5.53 Johnny Cueto 9.97 Brandon Medders 5.06 Pat Neshek 13.08
Kenny Rogers 5.55 Brandon Backe 9.95 Jose Veras 5.20 Cla Meredith 13.08
Jamie Moyer 5.58 Jeff Francis 9.89 Esteban Loaiza 5.39 Matt Thornton 13.04
Matt Belisle 5.63 Ervin Santana 9.87 Marino Salas 5.45 Brandon Morrow 13.00
Justin Germano 5.69 Dustin McGowan 9.87 Clay Rapada 5.56 Trevor Hoffman 12.98
Jarrod Washburn 5.74 John Danks 9.81 Brad Thompson 5.61 Mariano Rivera 12.94
Darrell Rasner 5.81 Todd Wellemeyer 9.76 Zach Miner 5.80 Francisco Cordero 12.79
Paul Byrd 5.83 Ted Lilly 9.60 Chad Bradford 5.81 Jorge Julio 12.75
Barry Zito 5.84 Erik Bedard 9.43 Dustin Nippert 5.85 Joaquin Benoit 12.75
Greg Maddux 5.90 Chris Young 9.41 LaTroy Hawkins 5.88 Justin Miller 12.70
  • Tim Lincecum could be in bold and Brandon Morrow would likely not be on this list. To what could have been I guess.
  • Barry Zito misses more bats than Jarrod Washburn.
  • Mike Mussina misses fewer bats than any other starting pitcher in the major leagues. Mussina has thrown 11 innings against the Mariners in which he's walked a lone batter and struck out nine.
  • Daniel Cabrera is neck and neck with Carlos Silva?
  • Brian Bannister can study the stats all he wants but he should really invest some time in improving his curveball.
  • For as long as Rich Harden is healthy he might have the filthiest combination of stuff and command in baseball. Funny thing is that this rate is even less than it was last year (16.06%).
  • Max Scherzer has really burst onto the scene and was quickly given some starts for Arizona. DIAF Mariners.
Starting Pitchers Relief Pitchers
Player Ball% Player Ball% Player Ball% Player Ball%
Scott Baker 28.55 David Purcey 51.66 Jose Valverde 28.10 Chris Schroder 48.65
Josh Banks 29.07 Dontrelle Willis 49.41 Jon Lieber 28.20 Greg Aquino 47.68
Andy Sonnanstine 31.24 Nick Adenhart 47.06 Mark DiFelice 28.57 Mitch Stetter 46.63
Cliff Lee 31.41 Francisco Liriano 46.95 Bobby Jenks 28.92 Derrick Turnbow 46.47
Nick Blackburn 31.44 Luis Mendoza 45.62 Jonathan Papelbon 29.41 Erick Threets 45.51
Paul Byrd 31.81 Adam Loewen 44.77 Trevor Hoffman 29.50 Mike MacDougal 45.45
Brian Moehler 32.14 Rich Hill 44.76 Chad Bradford 30.23 Kirk Saarloos 45.19
Glen Perkins 32.25 Steve Trachsel 44.10 Mariano Rivera 30.29 Sean Burnett 45.08
Greg Maddux 32.26 Jason Jennings 44.04 Esteban Loaiza 30.54 Steve Trachsel 44.55
John Lackey 32.39 Franklin Morales 43.60 Mike Timlin 30.62 Renyel Pinto 44.46
Aaron Harang 32.60 Shawn Estes 43.50 Cory Wade 30.64 Evan Meek 44.34
Cole Hamels 32.62 Kason Gabbard 43.28 Rafael Betancourt 30.67 Freddy Dolsi 44.00
Kevin Slowey 32.67 Tom Glavine 42.47 Shawn Camp 30.80 Julian Tavarez 43.50
Jason Bergmann 32.72 Chuck James 42.39 Mike Adams 30.81 Sean Marshall 43.40
Jorge Campillo 32.76 Phil Dumatrait 42.35 Jesse Carlson 30.84 Kevin Gregg 43.35
Roy Halladay 32.76 Oliver Perez 41.85 Royce Ring 30.85 Kip Wells 43.25
Joel Pineiro 33.23 Jeremy Sowers 41.81 Doug Brocail 30.93 Todd Coffey 43.13
Javier Vazquez 33.26 Miguel Batista 41.55 Jon Rauch 31.10 Dustin Nippert 42.93
Ben Sheets 33.28 Tom Gorzelanny 41.45 Pat Neshek 31.31 Zach Miner 42.71
Darrell Rasner 33.50 Mike Parisi 41.42 Bob Howry 31.31 Denny Bautista 42.65
Roy Oswalt 33.61 Ian Kennedy 41.42 Billy Wagner 31.58 Ramon Troncoso 42.57
Brad Thompson 33.71 Matt Albers 41.24 Brian Shouse 31.71 Sean Henn 42.39
Johan Santana 33.80 A.J. Murray 41.10 Yusmeiro Petit 31.73 Tyler Yates 42.25
Ted Lilly 33.82 Doug Davis 41.06 Kerry Wood 31.83 Brad Thompson 42.06
Micah Owings 33.89 Jeff Niemann 41.01 Joe Nathan 31.90 Wes Littleton 41.84
Josh Beckett 33.90 Greg Reynolds 40.84 Brian Wolfe 31.94 Hideo Nomo 41.82
C.C. Sabathia 33.97 Manny Parra 40.69 Eddie Guardado 32.17 Alex Hinshaw 41.74
Mike Mussina 34.00 Jeff Bennett 40.50 Joel Peralta 32.27 Ron Villone 41.65
Jered Weaver 34.02 Jeremy Bonderman 40.44 Troy Percival 32.33 Micah Bowie 41.61
Tim Hudson 34.03 Bronson Arroyo 40.38 Kevin Cameron 32.34 Scott Proctor 41.53
  • A combination you do not want to see is Ian Kennedy on the list for highest percentage of balls thrown and the list for fewest bats missed. Kirk Saarloos is also a member of this list on the relief pitcher side.
  • Jose Valverde: most bats missed, fewest balls thrown. That's dominance. Oh and he's a goddamn superhero too.
  • The jump in pitches thrown outside the zone for Tom Gorzelanny is a big factor in his falling off a cliff in 2008.
  • David Purcey was Ankiel-like terrible in his short major league stint. Dontrelle Willis has three more years on his contract.
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