I’ve mentioned Baseball Analysts before as a tremendous site if you’re into heavy statistical analysis. Their post today is somewhat revealing about starting pitchers performance from last year. They looked at the percentage of ground ball outs and strikeouts per batters faced. One of the statistical outliers was Johan Santana.
Santana had a higher than average strikeouts per batters faced but below average ground ball percentage. We’ve heard from the mainstream media, since he was traded to the Mets, about his performance last season. Specifically, that he gave up 33 home runs which is by far the most of his career. Hopefully, it’s not the beginning of a trend.
It was also interesting that Steve Trachsel was a statistical outlier in the area that pitchers don’t want to be in. He had a lower than average strikeouts per batters faced and ground ball percentage. They should have also docked him for taking two minutes between each pitch.