bigh0rt wrote:Looking at WHIP over 32 innings is silly. The guy has been an absolute monster since June. His BB/9 in June was 1.98, and his WHIP was 0.66, which is going to be the definitive component in his WHIP.
K/9 will never be an issue with the guy, but WHIP surely will be. He was at 1.30 over a larger major league sample size last year (40.2 innings), with an even better K rate. Even if we give him a rookie pass and assume April and his especially horrendous May 2012 are a "sophomore slump," June is the career outlier. (His July WHIP is 3.00, albeit over the admittedly miniscule sample size of three innings.) I'm not expecting a WHIP lower than 1.25 over the course of a season, and I consider that his ceiling as long as he's in Colorado.
Of course, if the K/9 is elite, the ERA is reasonable and he's piling up saves, no one will much care.
His H/9 does seem a bit inflated this year, but the BB/9 numbers are right in line with what he did in the minors (and as a rookie), as is the K rate.