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Throw strikes, work fast, change speeds


That was Ray Miller's mantra in the heyday of the Orioles. Notice he didn't mention anything about striking tons of people out. That seems to apply to most Pirate pitchers not named Hanrahan.

The Pirates pitching staff According to Harry Pavlidis over at Fangraphs,

This is a good pitching staff. Along with the Cardinals, the Bucs are one-two in the division in strike rate, SLGCON and groundball rate.

(I've never heard of SLGCON. You?)

The starters really fall into four groups. Maholm and Correia are performing almost exactly as you would hope, given their career numbers. For each, 2010 appears to be the anomaly.

 

ERA

FIP

xFIP

Correia

2011

 3.79

4.15

4.16

Correia

2009

 3.91

3.81

4.14

Maholm

2009

4.44

3.83

4.18

Maholm

2011

3.17

3.79

4.10

 

Karstens is pitching a bit better than last year, and has been much more fortunate. It shouldn't be too surprising that a pitcher does better with a bit of experience.

ERA

FIP

xFIP

Karstens

2010

4.92

4.82

4.26

Karstens

2011

2.66

4.55

3.76

 

Morton's turn-around needs no further explanation.

Now dtoddwin noted

On the mound they are 12th in FIP, 15 in xFIP, but 6th in ERA. As you might suspect from those numbers, the staff is dead last in K/9 because the starters can't strike anybody out, averaging only 5.4K/9.

But that's not the whole story. These guys throw strikes and don't walk many (6th in the NL). They also get a lot of ground balls (5th in the NL). Since they throw a lot more two-seam fastballs than the typical starter, that's no shock. They may have been a bit lucky. They are 10th in BABIP and home runs per fly ball. But then it's hard to hit a home run or a line drive on a two-seam fastball.

So, which is it: "Chicken wire, duct tape, and spit" or "Throw strikes, work fast, and change speeds?"

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