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    The best starting pitcher in baseball, thus far (6/14), has been...

    ...either Clayton Kershaw or Dallas Keuchel

    I found, for the 122 starters with at least 50 innings pitched, their z-scores (amount above or above or below average) for four key pitching stats

    Strike out percentage
    Walk percentage
    Infield fly ball percentage
    Ground ball percentage

    I then summed those z-scores (subtracted the z-score for BB%) to see who was most often doing the things critical to pitcher success.
    The results
    1) Clayton Kershaw 5.85
    2) Dallas Keuchel 5.21
    3) Masahiro Tanaka 4.49
    4) Cory Kluber 4.31
    5) Jose Fernandez 4.28
    ...
    118) Erik Bedard -3.34
    119) Brad Peacock -3.55
    120) Tom Koehler -3.56
    121) Shelby Miller -3.66
    122) Chris Young -4.82

    Clayton has been the most above average in striking out hitters, avoiding waking hitters, and inducing infield flies and ground balls. Chris Young has been the worst.


    The leaders (and laggards) for each individual stat
    K%
    Jose Fernandez 3.3
    Clayton Kershaw 2.8
    Chris Sale 2.7
    Stephen Strasburg 2.2
    Yu Darvish 2.2
    ...
    Kevin Correia -1.7
    Eric Stults -1.8
    Chris Young -1.9

    BB%
    Phil Hughes 2.2
    David Price 2.2
    Hisashi Iwakuma 2.0
    Cliff Lee 1.9
    Wei-Yin Chen 1.7
    ...
    Justin Masterson -1.9
    Tony Cingrani -1.9
    Ubaldo Jimenez -2.6

    IFFB%
    Chris Archer 3.1
    Cole Hamels 2.2
    Kyle Gibson 2.1
    Justin Verlander 2.0
    Rick Porcello 2.0
    Justin Masterson 2.0
    ...
    Brandon McCarthy -1.8
    Mike Leake -1.8

    GB%
    Dallas Keuchel 2.9
    Tyson Ross 2.3
    Justin Masterson 2.1
    Tim Hudson 1.7
    Mike Leake 1.7
    ...
    Colby Lewis -1.8
    Phil Hughes -1.8
    Chris Young -3.0


    *Note: Yes, I'm aware that this simplistic look doesn't account for the fact that the different factors weigh differently.

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    Cueto has been the best pitcher in the NL.

    Most innings and 0.04 away from the best ERA in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    Either Darvish, Tanaka or Felix in the AL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natsbats View Post
    Cueto has been the best pitcher in the NL.

    Most innings and 0.04 away from the best ERA
    ERA is a team stat, not an individual stat.

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    What was Tanaka's WAR projection for the season?

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    "King Felix has hurled more mega quality starts since 2010 than 14 entire MLB teams."
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeremiahWing View Post
    What was Tanaka's WAR projection for the season?
    Whose "WAR projection" would you like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by filihok View Post
    ERA is a team stat, not an individual stat.
    Strike outs and walks can be greatly impacted by the catcher though, so are the pitches that get called for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by filihok View Post
    ERA is a team stat, not an individual stat.
    Imo ERA is around 70% pitcher 30% team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciaban View Post
    Strike outs and walks can be greatly impacted by the catcher though, so are the pitches that get called for.
    Sure.
    And ERA is greatly impacted by strike outs, walks, the pitches called for, the defense, the scorers decision, etc...

    The stats I looked at above are more a measure of the individual pitcher than ERA is.

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    Tanaka is the only correct answer.

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    The best starting pitcher in baseball, thus far (6/14), has been...

    Wainwright nuff said

    Michael Wacha

    5-5, 2.79 Era, 83 So, 1.12 Whip

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    im gonna have to go with Cueto, he has a .160 BAA and a .77 WHIP after 102 innings. Thats pretty unbelievable... I still remember his first game in the league, the kid is a gem!

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    No argument with either one.

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    Keuchel is the man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miltstar View Post
    im gonna have to go with Cueto, he has a .160 BAA and a .77 WHIP after 102 innings. Thats pretty unbelievable... I still remember his first game in the league, the kid is a gem!

    Cueto is having a great season.. But a gem? No... The guy has pitched over 200IP once in his career. Lets see if he has put the LAT injuries behind him..

    And while Kershaw is the undisputed best pitcher in baseball he is not the best pitcher this year.

    Kershaw sit 121st in MLB in IP in 2014 due to injury.. So dont lower the bar to make your case.. IF your gonna call someone the best pitcher for 2014 IP, K, WHIP and other stats must all be applied. Not just the ones that you want everyone to see.

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