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    K Looking vs. K Swinging

    Quick question - for a strikeout pitcher, which is more common, a K or a backwards K? Watching Harang, he gets a lot of his strikes with his nasty slider bottoming out on people. Of his eight strikeouts yesterday, either 5 or 6 of them were swigning. Is this normal of strikeout pitchers, or is it usually a more even ratio?
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    Re: K Looking vs. K Swinging

    Quote Originally Posted by Dunner44 View Post
    Quick question - for a strikeout pitcher, which is more common, a K or a backwards K? Watching Harang, he gets a lot of his strikes with his nasty slider bottoming out on people. Of his eight strikeouts yesterday, either 5 or 6 of them were swigning. Is this normal of strikeout pitchers, or is it usually a more even ratio?
    Good question. I think there are lots of variables here. It might be more interesting to look at this statistic as it pertains to individual umpires.

    After years of watching the game, I'd bet established pitchers get a lot more backward K's.
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    Re: K Looking vs. K Swinging

    Wow great question.

    I'd rather you look at someone from the left hand side of the mound as well. Like Cole Hamels, whom I'm sure the splits (due to that change up) would look good with.
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    Re: K Looking vs. K Swinging

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/ch...php?chatId=287

    Here is a chart for 2006 comparing the number of strike outs looking versus the number of strike outs swinging. It lists ever major league team. From this chart it seems like just about 1 out of every 4 strike outs are looking. Hope this helps.

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    Re: K Looking vs. K Swinging

    There seems to be somewhat of a correlation between the percentage of strike 3s taken and walking. Probably no surprise there. The more pitches you take the more walks you are likely to receive. Here are how the major league teams did when comparing % of strike outs looking to where that team ranked in number of walks received. The four teams who took the fewest percentage of called third strikes were also the four teams who took the fewest free passes.

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    Team:  RNK-BB%K-Look
    Oakland	 2      32
    Arizona	17	28
    Colo	10	28
    Philly	 4	28
    San Die	9	28
    Balt	24	27
    Boston  1	27
    Houston  8	27
    LA Dodg	6	27
    Minn   22	27
    NYYanks	3	27
    Chi-Sox	18	26
    Florida	20	26
    KC 	25	26
    NY-Mets	12	26
    Pitt	26	26
    Cleve   11	25
    San F	21	25
    Texas	16	25
    Toronto	15	25
    Atlanta	14	24
    Cincy	5	24
    St. L	13	24
    Wash	7	24
    Milw	19	22
    Anaheim	23	21
    ChiCubs	30	21
    Detroit	28	21
    Tampa B	27	21
    Seattle	29	18


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