Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 8/3/12
If you go to the stats page on MLB.com and look up individual pitcher stats, you will find 101 different pitchers. If you sort by K/9 the last pitcher on the list is Derek Lowe. Lowe struck out just over three hitters per nine innings pitched. Possibly not coincidentally, Cleveland cut Lowe two days ago. There are few absolutes in baseball, but one we know for certain is this: strikeouts are very good for pitchers. Fooling hitters, missing bats, whatever you want to call it, that’s one of the foundations of a successful pitcher. Conversely, a pitcher who doesn’t generate strikeouts is at the mercy of the baseball gods and, less nebulously, his fielders. The upshot of this is things can get without strikeouts. This brings us to Aaron Cook. You won’t see Cook’s name on the above list because he doesn’t have enough innings to qualify. Which is good. If he did have enough innings, you would see his name, and you’d probably do something like this. OK, take a good sip ...
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