Yoda wrote:Pogotheostrich wrote:DK wrote:matmat wrote:the reason he can finish games is that his K ratio has gone down -- decreases his pitch-counts. Believe it or not, but Ks are not the most efficient way to get people out.
Yes, it is.
It's three starts into the season. I wouldn't be worried about Burnett's K rate yet. It's most likely going to go up soon.
Look at the P/IP totals for last year.
Maddux, Lima, Pavano, Silva, D. Wells, Od. Perez, Lieber, Westbrook, Mulder and Hudson were the 10 most efficient SP last year. Maddux was the only one with a K/9 over 6. That's not to say you can't be a K pitcher and be efficient. RJ came in 11th.
Absolutely correct... If you are tossing a complete game with 100 pitches, then you are averaging 11-12 pitches per inning which is EXTREMELY efficient. The more K's, generally the higher the pitch count.
I think Burhle pitched a CG w/ about 106 pitches the other day, he struck out a career high 12. I'm not sure if this is the norm, but it seems to me if batters are putting the ball into play they have a much better chance of getting on base and making the pitcher throw to another batter.