It's a sign of dominance.
The thought is that the more dominant a pitcher is, the less people will be on base, the better his WHIP, which is normally correlated with his ERA.
If, you assume a league norm for the average of balls batted in play that fall in for a hit (BAIP) then the more players who who don't put the ball in play (Ks vs. BB), the more outs a pitcher will create on his own.
The logic is that luck will average out and guys like Wang who were incredibly fortunate with most of the balls hit in play being right at someone and counting for outs, are set up for a fall this year as a more normal % fall for hits, which will result in more runs (though ground ball pitchers will logically have a lower BAIP than flyball hitters)
5x as many batters are walking back to the dugout rather than walking to 1B, they should put up better numbers.
If you combine K/BB and K/9 to create a "Dominance" ratio, here are the top 30 starters (based off projections for this year from a few sources):
It's a pretty good list of the best pitchers in baseball. But, there's also the chic "sleepers" in Bush, Patterson, Wainwright, Vazquez, Hill)
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