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BABIP Stragglers

The following is a list of pitchers who have started 1-4 games this season along with the K/9, BB/9 and BABIPs. Because they haven't accumulated a ton of innings, there could still be a rapid regression to the mean BABIP of .300 in their immediate future. Despite the potential for this violent regression, fantasy players want to know whether they should be starting them or dropping players from their rosters to add them.

Unfortunately, choosing an arbitrary cut-off of four GS left off the top two BABIP Leaders. Justin Masterson of the Boston Red Sox has a league-leading BABIP of .173 in five starts with a BB/9 of 4.35, and Tigers rookie pitching savior Armando Galaragga has a .188 BABIP with 3.72 BB/9. The remaining top % are Gavin Floyd (.195), Ryan Dempster (.216) and Shaun Marcum (.227).

The BABIP Laggards are lead by Ian Snell of Pittsburgh with a .373 BABIP and perrenial laggard Andrew Miller of Florida with a .366. Both pitchers strikeout more than 7 per nine innings of work and have walks rates around four per nine. But seeing them on this list every week begins to make me think they might have something going on that makes them easier to hit.

BABIP Stragglers:

NAME TEAM K/9 BB/9 BABIP M/T?
Claudio Vargas NYN 5.11 2.56 0.211 N
Eric Hurley TEX 4.5 0 0.211 N
Radhames Liz BAL 6.47 2.69 0.213 N
Homer Bailey CIN 2.2 7.32 0.238 N
Matt Albers BAL 4.78 3.53 0.260 N
Charlie Morton ATL 6 1.5 0.263 N
Mitchell Boggs SLN 2.39 3.98 0.275 N
Josh Banks SDN 5.46 1.61 0.278 N
Jeff Bennett ATL 7.06 4.47 0.291 N
Joba Chamberlain NYA 9.92 4.96 0.292 N
Cha Seung Baek SDN 4.92 2.95 0.295 N
Hong-Chih Kuo LAN 10.5 2.23 0.296 N
Jack Cassel HOU 3.78 1.89 0.306 N
R.A. Dickey SEA 5.33 2.82 0.309 N
Kyle Davies KCA 4.07 4.58 0.310 T
Jon Lieber CHN 4.81 1.07 0.313 N
Ryan Tucker FLO 7.2 7.2 0.321 N
Tyler Clippard WAS 6.99 6.12 0.323 N
Pedro Martinez NYN 5.32 2.22 0.342 N
Jeremy Sowers CLE 3.85 2.41 0.348 N
Eddie Bonine DET 3.4 0 0.364 N
Douglas Mathis TEX 3.63 5.65 0.400 N