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Good Vibrations: SP

We’re pouring over some nerd stats courtesy of Fangraphs. Let’s dig around for some of the Starting Pitchers who have experienced some good luck through the first two months of the season. We’re looking at Batting Average of Balls in Play, the base hits that get past the defense and Home Run per Fly Ball Percentage, the percentage of fly balls that go over the fence. There are pitchers who have the skills to excel in these statistical categories, but for the most part, these stats are considered luck based. Tape up your eye wear, grab a glass of ovaltine and let’s do some homework.

Top 25 differences in 2010 and career BABIP  (league avg .301)

.080 Liván Hernández [.229 career .309]
.071 Todd Wellemeyer [.223 career .294]
.070 Jonathan Sánchez [.238 career .308]
.062 Tim Hudson [.225 career .287]
.061 Colby Lewis [.261, career .322]
.059  Ubaldo Jiménez [.223 career .282]
.052 Ryan Dempster [.255 career .307]
.050 Jason Vargas [.236 career .286]
.049 Jeff Niemann [.240 career .289]
.049 Brett Cecil [.265, career .314]
.048 Andy Pettitte [.266, career .314]
.047 Jamie Moyer [.243 career .290]
.046 Matt Cain [.228 career .274]
.044 Trevor Cahill [.223 career .267]
.044 Gio González [.279, career .323]
.042 Jon Lester [.264, career .306]
.041 Dallas Braden [.267, career .308]
.038 Ted Lilly [.247 career .285]
.037 C.J. Wilson [.266, career .303]
.036 Carlos Silva [.275, career .311]
.035 CC Sabathia [.259 career .294]
.033 Chris Carpenter [.269, career .302]
.032 Mike Pelfrey [.279, career .311]
.031 Jon Garland [.258 career .289]
.031 Justin Verlander [.273, career .304]

More notable differences: Ian Kennedy [.253 career .283], Wade Davis [.262, career .283], Matt Garza [.266, career .295], Phil Hughes [.271, career .292], Fausto Carmona [.273, career .301], Adam Wainwright [.274, career .300], Bronson Arroyo [.275, career .296], Roy Oswalt [.279, career .306]

Top 25 differences in 2010 and career HR/FB% (league avg around 11%)

10.1% Felipe Paulino [3.3% career 13.4%]
7.4% Jaime García [2.4% career 9.8%]
7.4% Francisco Liriano [3.4% career 10.8%]
7.2% Gio González [5.6% career 12.8%]
6.9% Kyle Lohse [3.0% career 9.9%]
6.4% Cliff Lee [1.8% career 8.2%]
6.1% Shaun Marcum [5.2% career 11.3%]
6.1% Clay Buchholz [5.7% career 11.8%]
6.0% Anibal Sánchez [1.5% career 7.5%]
6.0% Rick Porcello [5.2% career 11.2%]
5.8% Ubaldo Jiménez [1.6% career 7.4%]
5.7% David Hernández [6.9% career 12.6%]
5.5% Jeremy Bonderman [5.9% career 11.4%]
5.5% Brett Cecil [6.2% career 11.7%]
5.4% Scott Olsen [6.5% career 11.9%]
5.3% Roy Halladay [10.1% career 4.8%]
5.1% John Danks [5.2% career 10.3%]
5.0% Barry Zito [3.4% career 8.4%]
5.0% Ricky Romero [6.1% career 11.1%]
4.8% Clayton Richard [4.6% career 9.4%]
4.7% Nate Robertson [7.7% career 12.4%]
4.6% Tom Gorzelanny [4.1% career 8.7%]
4.5% C.J. Wilson [6.9% career 11.4%]
4.5% Chris Volstad [7.4% career 11.9%]
4.4% A.J. Burnett [5.6% career 10.0%]

Double Dippers Gio González, Ubaldo Jiménez, Brett Cecil, C.J. Wilson

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