Fpower wrote:Another reason that Ks are good is because the ball is never put into play. Whenever the ball's put into play, even if it was a good pitch, the play become's dependent on the defense's ability (or lackthereof) to complete the play. Almost no chance for errors on strikeouts.
I've considered that too, and it would be a valid point if it were true, but I've looked at many pitchers, and those who have lots of K's tend to allow more unearned runs than those that don't get a lot of K's.
Maybe it's because the balls they allow to be put into play are hit harder (K pitchers generally throw harder than non-K pitchers), or because they generally go deeper into counts and are in more situations where they are inclined to throw a fastball down the middle (easy to hit those hard). So I don't know WHY, but I know that pitchers with more K's tend to allow mroe UERs.
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