Fun K/BB Facts
As promised by Mike on today’s podcast, here’s a breakdown of the K/BB ratio records that are being set this season. Enjoy!
(Courtesy of MLB Productions’ Roger Schlueter)
Thanks to the collective efforts of the 68 men who threw a pitch on Thursday (including R.A. Dickey, Ubaldo Jimenez and Jordan Zimmermann – who contributed 31 strikeouts and one walk), the Major League strikeout to walk ratio for 2012 now stands at 2.42. The last year to see the Major Leagues finish a season with a ratio that high also witnessed Charles Radbourn – better known as Old Hoss – win 59 games with 441 strikeouts and 98 walks for the Providence Grays. But the ability to connect 2012 with 1884 is only part of the storyline taking shape this season. As of right now, 12 qualifying pitchers – including Dickey and Zimmermann – own strikeout to walk ratios of at least four to one – no season in the modern era has ever finished with that many. And finally, with the performances of Dickey, Zimmermann and Jimenez, the 2012 season has seen 71 examples of a pitcher striking out at least 10 and issuing no more than one walk. Since MLB expanded to 30 teams in 1998, the high mark for this performance came last year, when there were 91 such lines. After games on August 9 last year, 59 of those 91 performances were in the books.