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Fantasy Baseball: Fantasy Pitching Stats-HR/FB Ratio or K/BB Ratio??

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Yesterday, I posted an article saying that pitchers who keep the ball in the yard, judged by their HR/9 ratio, was just as important as K/9 or K/BB when it comes to evaluating pitchers. This post lead to several interesting comments where a few posters stated they prefer to look at K/BB ratio and HR/FB ratio.

So today, I present to you the top NL starting pitchers based on K/BB ratio and HR/FB ratio.

Strikeout/Walk Ratio (K/BB):

Player INN W ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/FB HR/9 K/BB
Haren, Dan SP ARI 181 12 2.73 0.93 8.6 1.34 11.70 1.09 6.42
Vazquez, Javier SP ATL 176 11 3.02 1.05 9.82 1.79 10.18 0.87 5.49
Pineiro, Joel SP STL 170.7 13 3.11 1.1 4.43 0.95 4.02 0.32 4.66
Carpenter, Chris SP STL 151.7 14 2.2 0.97 6.82 1.48 5.07 0.42 4.61
Lincecum, Tim SP SF 193.3 13 2.33 1.03 10.33 2.51 4.63 0.37 4.12
Lilly, Ted SP CHC 142.3 9 3.35 1.11 7.46 1.83 10.61 1.33 4.08
Nolasco, Ricky SP FLA 146 9 5.3 1.32 9.06 2.28 12.18 1.17 3.97
Lee, Cliff SP PHI 197 12 2.83 1.21 6.9 1.78 5.51 0.59 3.88
Hamels, Cole SP PHI 147.3 7 4.52 1.34 7.7 2.02 13.76 1.34 3.81
Johnson, Josh SP FLA 171.7 13 3.04 1.11 7.81 2.15 7.40 0.63 3.63
Harang, Aaron SP CIN 162.3 6 4.21 1.41 7.87 2.38 11.43 1.33 3.31
Blanton, Joe SP PHI 153 8 3.88 1.29 7.29 2.24 12.97 1.41 3.25
Santana, Johan SP NYM 166.7 13 3.13 1.21 7.88 2.48 9.70 1.08 3.18
Oswalt, Roy SP HOU 161 7 3.86 1.21 6.65 2.12 9.66 0.95 3.14
Scherzer, Max SP ARI 139.3 8 4.26 1.39 9.69 3.29 10.70 0.90 2.95
Wainwright, Adam SP STL 187 15 2.5 1.21 7.56 2.6 8.57 0.72 2.91
Wolf, Randy SP LA 177 9 3.25 1.11 6.76 2.39 8.89 1.02 2.83
Hammel, Jason SP COL 132 8 4.43 1.5 6.2 2.25 8.51 0.82 2.76
Harden, Rich SP CHC 124 8 3.99 1.25 10.38 3.77 15.91 1.52 2.75
Rodriguez, Wandy SP HOU 162.7 12 2.82 1.22 8.19 2.99 10.34 1.00 2.74

And here is the list based on HR/FB ratio:

Home Runs/Fly Ball Ratio (HR/FB):

Player INN W ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9 HR/FB HR/9 K/BB
Kershaw, Clayton SP LA 146 8 2.96 1.27 9.43 4.99 3.64 0.37 1.89
Pineiro, Joel SP STL 170.7 13 3.11 1.1 4.43 0.95 4.02 0.32 4.66
Lincecum, Tim SP SF 193.3 13 2.33 1.03 10.33 2.51 4.63 0.37 4.12
Carpenter, Chris SP STL 151.7 14 2.2 0.97 6.82 1.48 5.07 0.42 4.61
Lee, Cliff SP PHI 197 12 2.83 1.21 6.9 1.78 5.51 0.59 3.88
Lowe, Derek SP ATL 164.3 13 4.38 1.46 4.76 2.74 6.09 0.49 1.74
Jurrjens, Jair SP ATL 164 10 2.91 1.26 6.59 3.24 6.12 0.66 2.03
Zambrano, Carlos SP CHC 128 7 3.8 1.38 7.38 4.22 6.29 0.63 1.75
Jimenez, Ubaldo SP COL 181.3 12 3.33 1.22 7.84 3.42 6.37 0.50 2.29
Billingsley, Chad SP LA 166.7 12 3.83 1.29 8.1 3.83 6.52 0.65 2.11
Pelfrey, Mike SP NYM 146.3 9 4.8 1.52 5.17 3.38 6.58 0.62 1.53
Marquis, Jason SP COL 177.3 14 3.6 1.28 4.36 2.79 7.15 0.61 1.56
Wells, Randy RP CHC 126.7 9 3.06 1.22 5.54 2.34 7.38 0.78 2.37
Johnson, Josh SP FLA 171.7 13 3.04 1.11 7.81 2.15 7.40 0.63 3.63
Cain, Matt SP SF 177.3 12 2.39 1.15 6.75 3.1 7.46 0.86 2.18
Maholm, Paul SP PIT 162.7 7 4.59 1.43 5.64 2.66 7.60 0.72 2.12
Happ, J.A. SP PHI 143.7 10 2.63 1.17 6.08 3.19 7.81 0.94 1.91
Correia, Kevin SP SD 156 9 4.5 1.38 6.29 3.29 7.91 0.81 1.91
Zito, Barry SP SF 162.3 9 3.94 1.31 6.93 3.49 8.14 0.94 1.99
Hammel, Jason SP COL 132 8 4.43 1.5 6.2 2.25 8.51 0.82 2.76

The HR/FB ratio list yields a very similar list to the HR/9 list I posted yesterday. The K/BB list also provides some valuable insight into what stats fantasy/roto players should focus on prior to and during their 2010 drafts. I will continue to utilize these ratios going forward as they all-HR/9, K/BB and HR/FB-gives the fantasy/roto owner plenty to ponder come 2010.

But, all 3 lists yield several pitchers that roto/fantasy owners may not draft until very late in their drafts, or possibly not be drafted, in 2010.