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100 K’s with fewer than 10 walks

Posted by Andy on August 10, 2009

I was unaware that in 2006 Miguel Olivo became the first player to strike out at least 100 times in a season with no more than 10 walks. In fact he struck out 103 times against just 9 bases on balls.

  Cnt Player             **SO**  BB Year Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+-------+---+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Miguel Olivo        103     9 2006  27 FLA NL 127 452 430  52 113 22  3 16  58   4   7   3   3   9   2  3  .263  .287  .440  .727 *2/3      
    2 Chris Truby          98    10 2002  28 TOT ML 124 404 382  35  82 18  4  4  22   1   3   4   5   7   2  2  .215  .238  .314  .552 *5/37     
    3 Ivan Rodriguez       96     9 2007  35 DET AL 129 515 502  50 141 31  3 11  63   1   1   1   2  16   2  2  .281  .294  .420  .714 *2/D      
    4 Miguel Olivo         93     8 2009  30 KCR AL  83 292 279  31  67 12  3 15  39   0   4   1   0   6   3  1  .240  .271  .466  .737 *2/D      
    5 Kenny Williams       83    10 1987  23 CHW AL 116 414 391  48 110 18  2 11  50   0   9   3   1   5  21 10  .281  .314  .422  .736 *8/9      
    6 Miguel Olivo         82     7 2008  29 KCR AL  84 317 306  29  78 22  0 12  41   2   3   0   1   6   7  0  .255  .278  .444  .722 *2D       
    7 Miguel Olivo         80     8 2005  26 TOT ML  91 281 267  30  58 11  1  9  34   2   3   1   2   7   7  2  .217  .246  .367  .613 *2        
    8 Tony Pena            78    10 2007  26 KCR AL 152 536 509  58 136 25  7  2  47   0   4   8   5  13   5  6  .267  .284  .356  .640 *6/4      
    9 Mariano Duncan       77     9 1996  33 NYY AL 109 417 400  62 136 34  3  8  56   1   1   2   5  10   4  3  .340  .352  .500  .852 *4/5D79   
   10 Shawon Dunston       75     8 1997  34 TOT NL 132 511 490  71 147 22  5 14  57   0   3   5   5   9  32  8  .300  .312  .451  .763 *6/7      
   11 Shawon Dunston       75    10 1995  32 CHC NL 127 503 477  58 141 30  6 14  69   3   6   7   3   8  10  5  .296  .317  .472  .789 *6        
   12 Darrin Jackson       75    10 1993  30 TOT ML  77 280 263  19  55  9  0  6  26   0   0   6   1   9   0  2  .209  .237  .312  .549 987       
   13 Eliezer Alfonzo      74     9 2006  27 SFG NL  87 309 286  27  76 17  2 12  39   7   7   4   3  11   1  0  .266  .302  .465  .767 *2        
   14 Andujar Cedeno       74     9 1991  21 HOU NL  67 264 251  27  61 13  2  9  36   1   1   1   2   3   4  3  .243  .270  .418  .688 *6        
   15 Johnny Jeter         74     9 1973  28 CHW AL  89 313 300  38  72 14  4  7  26   0   0   1   3   5   4  3  .240  .260  .383  .643 987/D     
   16 Darrell Whitmore     72    10 1993  24 FLA NL  76 267 250  24  51  8  2  4  19   0   5   2   0   8   4  2  .204  .249  .300  .549 *9/7      
   17 John Leary           71    10 1914  23 SLB AL 144 552 533  35 141 28  7  0  45   0   3   6   0   0   9 15  .265  .282  .343  .625 *32       
   18 Floyd Rayford        69    10 1985  27 BAL AL 105 372 359  55 110 21  1 18  48   0   0   2   1  10   3  1  .306  .324  .521  .845 *52       
   19 Shawon Dunston       68    10 1987  24 CHC NL  95 359 346  40  85 18  3  5  22   1   1   0   2   6  12  3  .246  .267  .358  .625 *6        
   20 Jim Fuller           68     8 1974  23 BAL AL  64 202 189  17  42 11  0  7  28   2   3   2   0   4   1  0  .222  .265  .392  .657 *9/37D    
   21 Delmon Young         67     7 2009  23 MIN AL  66 240 228  25  60  6  1  3  29   0   2   0   3  12   2  3  .263  .288  .338  .626 *7/D      
   22 Jermaine Dye         67     8 1996  22 ATL NL  98 306 292  32  82 16  0 12  37   0   3   0   3  11   1  4  .281  .304  .459  .763 *97/8     
   23 Wilbur Wood          65     6 1972  30 CHW AL  49 144 125   8  17  0  0  0   7   0   0  13   0   4   0  0  .136  .176  .136  .312 *1        

I stopped at #23 because Wood is the first pitcher on the list.

No pitcher approaches as many as 65 strikeouts anymore because they don't get enough plate appearances to amass such totals. Wood had 144 PAs, but check out the highest strikeout totals by pitchers in recent years:

  Cnt Player             **SO** Year Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+-------+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Doug Davis           43   2004  28 MIL NL  34  71  64   0   1  0  0  0   0   1   0   0   6   0   1   0  0  .016  .031  .016  .047 *1        
    2 Aaron Harang         39   2005  27 CIN NL  32  78  74   1   2  0  0  0   3   0   0   0   4   0   0   0  0  .027  .027  .027  .054 *1        
    3 Randy Johnson        37   2004  40 ARI NL  35  87  80   1  10  3  0  0   6   4   0   0   3   0   1   0  0  .125  .167  .163  .330 *1        
    4 Paul Wilson          37   2004  31 CIN NL  29  70  60   2   6  2  0  0   2   2   0   1   7   0   0   0  0  .100  .143  .133  .276 *1        
    5 Chad Billingsley     36   2008  23 LAD NL  35  72  63   1   6  0  0  0   3   4   0   0   5   0   0   0  0  .095  .149  .095  .244 *1        
    6 Cory Lidle           36   2004  32 TOT NL  34  75  62   3   9  4  0  1   6   5   0   0   8   0   0   0  0  .145  .209  .258  .467 *1        
    7 Brandon Webb         36   2004  25 ARI NL  35  71  64   3   6  0  0  0   4   3   0   0   4   0   0   0  0  .094  .134  .094  .228 *1        
    8 Ricky Nolasco        35   2008  25 FLA NL  34  75  63   1   9  2  0  0   5   2   0   0  10   0   1   0  0  .143  .169  .175  .344 *1        
    9 Joel Pineiro         35   2008  29 STL NL  31  57  51   3   5  3  0  0   4   3   0   0   3   0   0   0  0  .098  .148  .157  .305 *1        
   10 Chris Capuano        35   2006  27 MIL NL  35  75  68   3   8  1  0  0   3   2   0   0   5   0   0   0  0  .118  .143  .132  .275 *1        

None of these guys had as many as 90 PAs.

Of course, Wood's season is the highest single-season total for K's for a pitcher. Here are the leaders:

  Cnt Player             **SO** Year Age Tm  Lg  G   PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+-------+----+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Wilbur Wood          65   1972  30 CHW AL  49 144 125   8  17  0  0  0   7   6   0   0  13   0   4   0  0  .136  .176  .136  .312 *1        
    2 Vida Blue            63   1971  21 OAK AL  39 121 102   6  12  1  0  0   2   4   0   2  13   0   0   0  1  .118  .167  .127  .294 *1        
    3 Dean Chance          63   1968  27 MIN AL  43 106  93   0   5  0  0  0   3   3   0   1   9   0   0   0  0  .054  .093  .054  .147 *1        
    4 Jerry Koosman        62   1968  25 NYM NL  35  97  91   3   7  1  0  1   4   3   0   0   3   0   1   0  0  .077  .106  .121  .227 *1        
    5 Bill Stoneman        61   1971  27 MON NL  41 111  93  12  12  0  0  0   5   9   0   1   8   0   0   1  0  .129  .214  .129  .343 *1        
    6 Dean Chance          58   1967  26 MIN AL  41 108  92   2   3  0  0  0   0   7   0   2   7   0   1   0  0  .033  .119  .033  .152 *1        
    7 Wilbur Wood          57   1971  29 CHW AL  44 124  96   1   5  0  0  0   0  11   0   0  17   0   2   1  0  .052  .150  .052  .202 *1        
    8 Sandy Koufax         57   1966  30 LAD NL  41 124 118   5   9  3  0  0   5   5   0   0   0   1   1   0  0  .076  .113  .102  .215 *1        
    9 Earl Moseley         57   1914  26 IND FL  43 123 109   9  12  0  1  0   5   7   0   0   7   0   0   5  0  .110  .164  .128  .292 *1        
   10 Dean Chance          56   1965  24 CAL AL  36  85  75   3   7  1  0  0   5   5   0   0   5   0   0   0  0  .093  .150  .107  .257 *1        
   11 Bob Purkey           56   1962  32 CIN NL  37 119 107   9  11  2  0  2   3   4   0   0   7   1   0   0  0  .103  .134  .178  .312 *1        

Nobody from recent seasons due, again, to the lack of plate appearances. (Fewer starts and shorter starts limits the total amount of plate appearances and therefore the total number of strikeouts.)

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4 Responses to “100 K’s with fewer than 10 walks”

  1. NoYoureATowel Says:

    I wonder if Olivo will break his record this year:

    He has 93 Ks and 8 BBs...

    Which does he reach first?

    The drama is killing me!

  2. Wow...and notice that 4 Olivo's 9 walks in his 2006 103K-9BB season were intentional! Improbably, two of his five unintentional walks actually came in the same game. Just for fun I checked out his career splits on three-ball counts and, amazingly, he has walked on only 29% of them (87 of 302). That's got to be an all-time low. Will those stats ever be searchable? Dude must be a damn good catcher to get away with a career .275 OBP, which, BTW, is now one of the bottom 10 career marks for a player with 2500 PA since 1920.

    Funny...a lot of those guys hit into more double plays than walks. Not good.

    Regarding the pitchers, since 1990 a pitcher has surpassed 100 PA only 6 times. It's only been done once this decade, by Dontrelle, and that was only because he pinch-hit 6 times. The Big Unit was the last to do it solely as a pitcher in 1999 despite two AL-rules interleague starts (7.2 IP/start will do that for you). Greg Maddux accounts for 3 of the 6 times. Darryl Kile has the most since 1986 with 105 PA in 1997.

  3. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    The odd thing is, when Olivo was trying to establish himself as Seattle's catcher, I remember hearing that he was _not_ considered good defensively at all. It's possible he's improved, or maybe he just benefits by the old saw that he "must" be a good catcher if he stays employed.

  4. Well, we're not exactly in a golden age of catching, and, he's had as many as 16 homers, which gives a club the excuse to play him for his "pop" despite other glaring weaknesses. I guess that's also why he's been with 5 teams in only 7 full seasons.