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Sell High On BABIP

Here are the twenty-one pitchers by lowest BABIP who have made at least two starts this season. I have become more interested in BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play) because other fantasy experts continually refer to it as an indicator of impending disaster for those whose BABIPs are much lower than the average of .300.

Because I am not accustomed to using this statistic (courtesy of Baseball Prospectus), I decided to show a pitchers' historic season BABIPs to get a sense of how far from the average .300 he has strayed. I believe this offers more information about a particular pitcher and also helps me become more familar with how it varies from season to season.

I intend to hit this stat frequently this week if only to become used to seeing it and trying to use it for fantasy advantages. Tomorrow, I will do the opposite list and later in the week I will do one with past season's leaders to see how they are doing this season.

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Player 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Dontrelle Willis 0.071 0.329 0.316 0.290 0.312
Armando Galarraga 0.125 0.250 NA NA NA
Erik Bedard 0.152 0.287 0.314 0.323 0.326
Cliff Lee 0.153 0.304 0.300 0.282 0.309
Gavin Floyd 0.159 0.312 0.322 0.298 0.304
Ben Sheets 0.183 0.287 0.342 0.281 0.292
Scott Olsen 0.187 0.354 0.285 0.291 NA
Shaun Marcum 0.187 0.271 0.313 0.250 NA
Ryan Dempster 0.193 0.279 0.324 0.316 0.259
Aaron Cook 0.218 0.290 0.308 0.307 0.314
Johnny Cueto 0.220 NA NA NA NA
Rich Hill 0.220 0.278 0.259 0.306 NA
Daisuke Matsuzaka 0.221 0.302 NA NA NA
Joe Saunders 0.222 0.334 0.307 0.233 NA
Brian Bannister 0.222 0.264 0.252 NA NA
Micah Owings 0.222 0.279 NA NA NA
Tim Redding 0.231 0.285 NA 0.337 0.330
Yovani Gallardo 0.231 0.305 NA NA NA
Nelson Figueroa 0.232 NA NA NA 0.304
John Danks 0.233 0.317 NA NA NA
Daniel Cabrera 0.234 0.308 0.32 0.294 0.279