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Rate Stabilization: Pitchers K%

How efficiently are your pitchers striking out their opponents?

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

In the second installment of this series, I'm looking at pitchers strike out rates to see if anything interesting is upon us. Many pitchers have surpassed the 70 batters faced threshold, and this is when K-rates become stable.  I choose to make the minimum 40 innings pitched, far exceeding the stable minimum, but giving us a more stable group of 76 names.  Here is the list.

1

James Shields

11.92

2

Clayton Kershaw

11.37

3

Lance Lynn

11.1

4

Corey Kluber

10.94

5

Chris Archer

10.73

6

Tyson Ross

10.64

7

Michael Pineda

10.49

8

Max Scherzer

9.97

9

Francisco Liriano

9.85

10

Cole Hamels

9.71

11

Jake Arrieta

9.6

12

Trevor Bauer

9.5

13

Gerrit Cole

9.49

14

Felix Hernandez

9.25

15

Andrew Cashner

9.2

16

Matt Harvey

9.06

17

Gio Gonzalez

8.93

18

Nate Karns

8.74

19

Madison Bumgarner

8.66

20

Jon Lester

8.64

21

Johnny Cueto

8.64

22

Rubby de la Rosa

8.59

23

Jose Quintana

8.56

24

Hector Santiago

8.56

25

Scott Kazmir

8.54

26

Sonny Gray

8.52

27

Anibal Sanchez

8.12

28

Drew Hutchison

8.08

29

Joe Kelly

8.03

30

Jimmy Nelson

8.02

31

Jacob deGrom

7.99

32

Jason Hammel

7.96

33

Shelby Miller

7.8

34

Rick Porcello

7.77

35

Bartolo Colon

7.77

36

CC Sabathia

7.6

37

Chris Heston

7.58

38

Collin McHugh

7.42

39

Jake Odorizzi

7.42

40

Zack Greinke

7.42

41

A.J. Burnett

7.2

42

Miguel Gonzalez

7.12

43

Tim Lincecum

7.08

44

Edinson Volquez

7.02

45

Matt Garza

7.02

46

Jeff Samardzija

7

47

Anthony DeSclafani

6.86

48

Colby Lewis

6.8

49

Nathan Eovaldi

6.75

50

Yordano Ventura

6.69

51

Phil Hughes

6.55

52

Dallas Keuchel

6.45

53

David Price

6.41

54

Yovani Gallardo

6.31

55

Aaron Harang

6.24

56

C.J. Wilson

6.19

57

Dan Haren

6.1

58

John Lackey

6.04

59

Alfredo Simon

5.89

60

Kyle Kendrick

5.63

61

Jon Niese

5.61

62

Wily Peralta

5.6

63

Eric Stults

5.58

64

Michael Wacha

5.36

65

Jordan Zimmermann

5.31

66

Shane Greene

5.14

67

Mike Leake

5.07

68

Scott Feldman

5.01

69

Josh Collmenter

4.61

70

Tim Hudson

4.57

71

Jered Weaver

4.36

72

Roberto Hernandez

4.12

73

R.A. Dickey

4

74

Nick Martinez

3.98

75

Kyle Gibson

3.53

76

Jeremy Guthrie

3.27

James Shields

James, I've given you a lot of credit over the years, but right now you are downright filthy in the fake game.  Everyone loved him moving into the comfy confines of San Diego, apparently he loves it more than any of his fans.

Trevor Bauer

Bauer is mowing down batters this year, and if he can even improve his control marginally, we could be looking at a very productive player.  Think the glory days of Eric Bedard and you know what I'm hoping from Bauer in 2015.

Shane Greene

When everyone was saying he looked like a new man on the hill to start the year, he were still striking out 5 batters per 9.  He is who he is, maybe he's a good pitcher exceeding the expectations of a guy who doesn't have any strikeout stuff, but his expectations were pretty low.

Kyle Gibson

Why do I still own you in my dynasty league?