Today we take a look at the NL Command leaders since the All Star break. Command, as I define it, is K/9-BB/9, and is usually a better indicator of how well a pitcher is pitching than Wins. There are so many variables in trying to predict a win such as run support and bullpen performance to name a few.
Here are the Command leaders:
|Scherzer, Max SP ARI||37||2||2||45||10||5.35||1.51||10.95||2.43||8.51|
|Harden, Rich SP CHC||44||3||1||55||14||1.64||0.77||11.25||2.86||8.39|
|Lincecum, Tim SP SF||57.7||2||2||65||17||2.65||1.02||10.14||2.65||7.49|
|Vazquez, Javier SP ATL||50||4||2||50||12||3.6||1.1||9.00||2.16||6.84|
|De La Rosa, Jorge SP COL||46||6||1||47||13||4.11||1.33||9.20||2.54||6.65|
|Lee, Cliff SP PHI||65||8||0||53||6||0.97||0.8||7.34||0.83||6.51|
|Johnson, Josh SP FLA||44.3||5||1||40||8||3.45||1.04||8.13||1.63||6.50|
|Nolasco, Ricky SP FLA||50||3||1||50||14||4.5||1.16||9.00||2.52||6.48|
|Hanson, Tommy SP ATL||45.7||5||2||44||12||3.35||1.23||8.67||2.36||6.30|
|Sanchez, Jonathan SP SF||40.7||3||2||49||22||3.54||1.2||10.84||4.86||5.97|
|Haren, Dan SP ARI||44||3||3||38||10||4.91||1.27||7.77||2.05||5.73|
|VandenHurk, Rick SP FLA||31.7||2||2||33||13||5.12||1.39||9.37||3.69||5.68|
|Dempster, Ryan SP CHC||38||2||2||33||10||4.03||1.32||7.82||2.37||5.45|
|Petit, Yusmeiro SP ARI||38.3||2||5||35||12||4.46||1.33||8.22||2.82||5.40|
|Carpenter, Chris SP STL||62||7||0||47||10||1.74||1.08||6.82||1.45||5.37|
|Harang, Aaron SP CIN||51.3||1||6||47||17||4.91||1.46||8.25||2.98||5.26|
|Wainwright, Adam SP STL||56.7||5||2||42||9||1.59||1.13||6.67||1.43||5.24|
|Jurrjens, Jair SP ATL||42||3||1||35||11||3.21||1.26||7.50||2.36||5.14|
|Kershaw, Clayton SP LA||46||2||2||52||26||2.35||1.3||10.17||5.09||5.09|
|Wolf, Randy SP LA||55||4||3||43||12||3.11||1||7.04||1.96||5.07|
A couple guys who sneeked onto the list that I did not expect are Tommy Hanson, Jonathan Sanchez, Rick VandenHurk and Max Scherzer. These are a few names that should be on your watch lists for possible breakout years in 2010.
Jonathan Sanchez seems to have turned things around since he was sent to the minors a few months back, and his no-hitter vs the Padres was not a fluke performance as he has pitched very well for the Giants since the All Star break.
If Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter continue to pitch like they have since the All Star break, they will both give Tim Lincecum a run for the Cy Young award this year.