Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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Despite finishing last year with a 3.94 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, Adam Wainwright dominated. His strikeout and walk rates were right on par with what he’d done pre-Tommy John surgery, and his ground ball rate sat over 50% for the third straight season.If there was an area where Wainwright struggled, it was his opponents’ line drive rate, which sat at an abysmal 23.0%. With a rate that high, especially when couple with a low 6.6% infield fly rate (league average is around 10% annually), it’s not shocking that Wainwright posted a .254 OBA and a poor-for-Wainwright 1.25 WHIP. Both the line drive and infield fly rates improved after the All-Star Break, though, a sign that Wainwright was building back to the pitcher he used to be.The real blip on Wainwright’s 2012 resume was his poor 67.8% strand rate. For his career he had never been below 72.6%, which is right around the league average every season, and even that mark was his only season below 76.0%. Wainwright excels at stranding runners on ...
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