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Early Pitching Results

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Here are the top pitchers amongst the top 150 sorted by games started on MLB.com and then sorted by WHIP with only those starting pitchers with a WHIP less than 1.20. I chose WHIP because it is most likely to tie to hitters which I sorted by AVG.

What struck me was the number of pitchers with WHIPs under 1.00 - 18. Last year, no pitcher had a sub-1.00 WHIP, and only one pitcher, Johann Santana, had a 1.00 WHIP. There are also a lot of pitchers with WHIPs below 1.20. 47 to be exact. Last year, there were around 18.

Is there something fundamentally different this season that would make anyone think this is sustainable for a long enough period of the season to make this the "Year of the Pitcher"? Or am I correct, if not a bit hyperbolic, to say Pitching Armageddon is near?

Player TEAM IP W SO ERA WHIP
F Hernandez SEA 17.0 2 18 0.00 0.47
R Hill CHC 14.0 2 11 0.64 0.57
B Tomko LAD 6.0 0 9 0.00 0.67
R Ortiz MIN 15.0 2 8 1.80 0.67
S Trachsel BAL 13.7 0 4 2.63 0.73
T Lilly CHC 19.0 1 24 2.37 0.74
C Sampson HOU 8.0 1 5 0.00 0.75
M Belisle CIN 12.0 2 9 1.50 0.75
J Beckett BOS 18.0 3 18 1.50 0.83
J Peavy SD 20.0 2 12 0.90 0.85
K Wells STL 20.0 1 18 2.25 0.90
J Sowers CLE 13.0 0 4 2.08 0.92
M Cain SF 13.0 0 10 2.77 0.92
T Wakefield BOS 13.0 1 7 1.38 0.92
W Rodriguez HOU 13.0 0 10 2.77 0.92
J Verlander DET 19.0 1 15 1.42 0.95
I Snell PIT 20.0 1 20 1.80 0.95
T Hudson ATL 21.0 2 16 0.86 0.95
D Moseley LAA 14.0 1 7 1.29 1.00
J Bonderman DET 21.0 0 15 2.57 1.00
J Santana MIN 20.0 2 25 3.60 1.00
R Halladay TOR 23.0 2 13 2.35 1.00
R Harden OAK 19.0 1 20 1.42 1.00
R Keisler STL 6.0 0 3 3.00 1.00
R Lopez COL 13.0 1 7 1.38 1.00
T Gorzelanny PIT 12.0 1 9 1.50 1.00
C Gaudin OAK 10.7 0 9 2.53 1.03
K Lohse CIN 21.3 1 19 2.53 1.03
K Davies ATL 6.7 0 8 2.70 1.05
J Towers TOR 13.3 1 10 2.03 1.05
C Schilling BOS 19.0 2 15 2.84 1.05
G Maddux SD 11.3 1 10 3.18 1.06
M Owings ARI 11.3 1 11 1.59 1.06
C Capuano MIL 16.0 2 15 2.81 1.06
M Buehrle CWS 8.3 0 2 4.32 1.08
G Chacin TOR 11.0 1 6 4.91 1.09
B Sheets MIL 20.0 1 8 5.85 1.10
B Looper STL 19.0 2 9 2.37 1.11
J Blanton OAK 18.0 1 14 4.00 1.11
D Matsuzaka BOS 14.0 1 14 2.57 1.14
N Robertson DET 20.0 2 14 1.80 1.15
R Oswalt HOU 21.7 2 13 3.32 1.15
J Jennings HOU 12.0 0 12 3.00 1.17
J Washburn SEA 12.0 0 6 3.75 1.17
P Byrd CLE 6.0 1 5 0.00 1.17
R Wolf LAD 18.0 2 15 4.00 1.17