Monday, June 9, 2014

Today's Lesson in Volatilty of Pitching

It's been a long night, and just for fun, we checked in on the leaders in Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) metrics at the moment, morning of June 9, 2014. The Top 10 of FIP leaders, with at least 10 innings pitched this season, make up a striking leader board. Among a sprinkling of routinely dominant stars (Kimbrell, Chapman, and Holland), we see rebounding former stars (Soria), failed starting prospects/turned relievers (Betances, Davis, McGee, Kontos), good stories (Doolittle) and surprises (Ramirez):

1. Joakim Soria, Rangers 0.76 FIP
2. Dellin Betances, Yankees 0.88 FIP
3. Aroldis Chapman, Reds 1.08 FIP
4. Wade Davis, Royals 1.10 FIP
5. Craig Kimbrel, Braves 1.13 FIP
6. Sean Doolittle, Athletics 1.18 FIP
7. Greg Holland, Royals 1.25 FIP
8. Jake McGee, Rays 1.49 FIP
9. George Kontos, Giants 1.53 FIP
10. Neil Ramirez, Cubs 1.58 FIP

It's great to see Joakim Soria back on top (AP Photo)

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