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Bibbidi Bobbidi BAbip

Posted by Steve Lombardi on May 8, 2010

Batting Average on balls put into play (BAbip) is a pitcher's batting average allowed on batted balls ending a plate appearance with the exception of home runs. Some say that BAbip is mostly the product of the defense behind a pitcher and luck - rather than some sign of a pitcher's skill. Related, many feel that pitchers with an abnormally high or low BAbip are destined to see their results regress to the mean. On average, overall, it's reasonable to see a BAbip around .300.

Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Pitching Season Finder, here are the starters in the majors with the best and worst BAbip so far this season:

Rk Player BAbip G Year Age Tm Lg GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Livan Hernandez .181 5 2010 35 WSN NL 5 1 1 0 4 1 .800 0 36.1 24 5 4 13 11 0.99 430 3 144 129 6 1 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .186 .259 .318 .577   516 316
2 Phil Hughes .208 5 2010 24 NYY AL 5 0 0 0 4 0 1.000 0 32.0 17 6 6 13 31 1.69 239 1 122 108 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 .157 .246 .194 .440   518 343
3 Jeff Niemann .214 6 2010 27 TBR AL 6 0 0 0 2 0 1.000 0 36.1 25 9 9 11 24 2.23 190 4 143 126 3 0 2 3 3 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 .198 .279 .317 .596   497 310
4 Doug Fister .215 5 2010 26 SEA AL 5 0 0 0 2 1 .667 0 35.0 23 5 5 5 16 1.29 317 0 130 123 4 0 1 1 1 0 4 1 1 1 1 3 .187 .225 .220 .444   491 320
5 Chris Volstad .215 6 2010 23 FLA NL 6 1 0 0 3 2 .600 0 39.1 30 19 18 12 21 4.12 104 4 159 145 9 1 1 0 1 1 1 5 0 0 0 1 .207 .266 .366 .631   577 359
6 Jaime Garcia .221 5 2010 23 STL NL 5 0 0 0 3 1 .750 0 32.0 19 6 4 13 23 1.12 372 0 125 108 3 0 0 1 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 1 .176 .268 .204 .472   474 290
7 Mitch Talbot .223 5 2010 26 CLE AL 5 1 0 0 3 2 .600 0 34.1 28 13 11 15 12 2.88 137 5 136 119 3 0 0 0 1 1 7 0 2 0 1 0 .235 .319 .387 .705   510 305
8 Barry Zito .225 6 2010 32 SFG NL 6 0 0 0 5 0 1.000 0 42.1 27 7 7 12 28 1.49 297 0 162 148 5 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 2 0 0 3 .182 .244 .216 .460   620 399
9 David Price .226 6 2010 24 TBR AL 6 1 1 0 4 1 .800 0 42.1 28 10 9 14 33 1.91 221 2 165 150 5 3 1 0 1 0 2 1 2 1 2 0 .187 .256 .300 .556   647 413
10 Tim Hudson .231 6 2010 34 ATL NL 6 0 0 0 2 1 .667 0 38.1 31 12 12 12 16 2.82 148 4 152 137 6 0 2 2 1 0 6 1 3 0 0 2 .226 .298 .358 .656   563 340
11 Jason Vargas .231 5 2010 27 SEA AL 5 0 0 0 2 2 .500 0 31.2 24 13 13 9 27 3.69 110 3 131 121 7 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 .198 .260 .331 .590   486 312
12 Wade Davis .234 5 2010 24 TBR AL 5 0 0 0 3 1 .750 0 29.0 21 9 9 16 22 2.79 152 3 119 101 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 .208 .314 .327 .640   492 300
13 CC Sabathia .239 6 2010 29 NYY AL 6 2 0 0 4 1 .800 0 42.2 31 14 13 14 30 2.74 147 3 165 146 8 1 0 1 0 4 6 3 0 0 0 2 .212 .279 .342 .621   602 375
14 Ryan Rowland-Smith .241 6 2010 27 SEA AL 6 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0 33.1 34 26 23 16 11 6.21 66 7 150 127 9 1 0 3 1 3 5 5 0 0 0 1 .268 .356 .520 .875   566 354
15 Adam Wainwright .242 6 2010 28 STL NL 6 2 0 0 4 1 .800 0 46.0 30 11 10 10 36 1.96 213 1 174 155 3 1 0 3 4 2 7 1 1 1 0 0 .194 .253 .245 .498   606 404
16 Jamie Moyer .244 6 2010 47 PHI NL 6 1 1 0 4 2 .667 0 39.0 37 21 19 5 20 4.38 98 7 159 150 6 0 0 3 1 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 .247 .285 .427 .711   579 371
17 Matt Cain .245 6 2010 25 SFG NL 6 0 0 0 2 1 .667 0 38.2 29 13 12 10 30 2.79 159 2 154 139 8 2 0 0 2 3 1 5 0 0 0 0 .209 .257 .338 .595   610 403
18 Ian Kennedy .245 6 2010 25 ARI NL 6 0 0 0 2 1 .667 0 37.0 32 16 15 10 30 3.65 127 7 154 138 8 0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 .232 .291 .442 .733   627 394
19 Jonathan Sanchez .247 6 2010 27 SFG NL 6 0 0 0 2 2 .500 0 36.0 24 12 12 19 40 3.00 148 3 150 127 4 0 1 2 1 1 2 10 2 0 0 0 .189 .302 .291 .593   616 376
20 Jon Garland .248 6 2010 30 SDP NL 6 0 0 0 3 2 .600 0 35.0 28 15 8 20 23 2.06 183 3 147 127 4 1 0 0 0 0 5 1 2 1 0 3 .220 .327 .339 .665   589 349
21 Shaun Marcum .248 7 2010 28 TOR AL 7 0 0 0 1 1 .500 0 48.0 39 17 17 11 36 3.19 127 5 190 178 8 1 0 1 0 0 4 2 3 0 0 0 .219 .268 .360 .628   718 450
22 Mat Latos .250 6 2010 22 SDP NL 6 0 0 0 2 3 .400 0 34.1 32 16 16 9 26 4.19 90 7 142 133 6 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 .241 .289 .444 .732   561 350
23 Fausto Carmona .252 6 2010 26 CLE AL 6 0 0 0 3 1 .750 0 39.2 34 17 17 18 17 3.86 102 2 165 145 2 2 0 1 0 1 6 9 1 0 0 2 .234 .321 .317 .638   616 377
24 Jair Jurrjens .253 5 2010 24 ATL NL 5 0 0 0 0 3 .000 0 24.0 22 19 17 11 15 6.38 66 3 106 91 7 1 0 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 .242 .324 .440 .763   395 244
25 Rich Harden .253 6 2010 28 TEX AL 6 0 0 0 2 1 .667 0 30.2 23 14 12 23 31 3.52 124 4 138 108 3 0 0 5 0 2 4 1 1 0 0 1 .213 .370 .352 .721   582 349
26 Ryan Dempster .255 6 2010 33 CHC NL 6 0 0 0 2 2 .500 0 42.2 33 14 14 11 39 2.95 154 5 169 154 6 1 1 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 .214 .280 .364 .643   645 397
27 C.J. Wilson .256 6 2010 29 TEX AL 6 2 0 0 3 1 .750 0 41.2 31 9 7 15 29 1.51 288 0 170 150 4 0 0 5 0 0 5 3 2 0 0 0 .207 .300 .233 .533   646 389
28 Matt Harrison .257 6 2010 24 TEX AL 6 0 0 0 1 1 .500 0 34.0 35 23 20 14 19 5.29 82 6 154 137 4 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 .255 .327 .416 .743   626 389
29 Ricky Romero .257 6 2010 25 TOR AL 6 0 0 0 3 1 .750 0 42.0 30 14 14 15 40 3.00 135 2 170 151 11 0 1 2 2 0 3 1 0 1 0 10 .199 .280 .311 .591   629 379
30 Tim Lincecum .258 6 2010 26 SFG NL 6 0 0 0 4 0 1.000 0 42.1 27 8 8 8 56 1.70 260 3 160 152 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 .178 .219 .263 .482   648 423
31 Matt Garza .259 6 2010 26 TBR AL 6 0 0 0 5 1 .833 0 43.0 32 11 10 14 39 2.09 202 3 170 154 10 0 0 2 0 0 5 2 1 1 0 2 .208 .282 .331 .614   640 403
32 David Bush .260 6 2010 30 MIL NL 6 0 0 0 1 2 .333 0 34.1 34 20 16 15 19 4.19 98 7 147 126 9 0 1 1 1 4 5 4 1 0 0 0 .270 .342 .508 .850   559 348
33 Zack Greinke .261 7 2010 26 KCR AL 7 1 0 0 0 4 .000 0 46.2 41 17 13 8 36 2.51 165 5 192 176 6 0 0 4 1 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 .233 .277 .352 .630   735 462
34 Ubaldo Jimenez .263 6 2010 26 COL NL 6 1 1 0 6 0 1.000 0 41.1 26 4 4 16 44 0.87 533 0 160 143 8 0 0 1 0 0 5 4 2 0 1 2 .182 .269 .238 .507   678 425
35 Chris Carpenter .263 7 2010 35 STL NL 7 0 0 0 4 0 1.000 0 45.0 35 17 14 13 47 2.80 149 5 183 166 8 0 0 2 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 .211 .276 .349 .626   690 440
36 Gio Gonzalez .263 6 2010 24 OAK AL 6 0 0 0 3 2 .600 0 35.2 26 14 14 19 34 3.53 116 1 149 130 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .200 .302 .262 .564   596 367
37 Kevin Correia .266 6 2010 29 SDP NL 6 0 0 0 4 2 .667 0 34.0 29 15 15 12 30 3.97 95 4 142 126 4 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 .230 .298 .357 .655   617 368
38 Colby Lewis .266 6 2010 30 TEX AL 6 0 0 0 3 1 .750 0 38.2 28 13 13 16 44 3.03 144 3 159 141 7 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 1 .199 .289 .312 .601   652 419
39 Brian Bannister .266 6 2010 29 KCR AL 6 0 0 0 1 2 .333 0 34.0 35 19 19 14 19 5.03 83 6 150 134 10 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 4 .261 .336 .470 .806   560 337
40 Mike Leake .268 5 2010 22 CIN NL 5 0 0 0 2 0 1.000 0 33.2 28 12 11 16 22 2.94 148 2 141 120 4 0 0 0 4 1 3 1 1 0 0 1 .233 .321 .317 .638   503 299
41 David Huff .269 5 2010 25 CLE AL 5 1 0 0 1 4 .200 0 31.1 35 19 16 12 13 4.60 86 7 138 123 5 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 .285 .346 .496 .842   502 325
42 Tom Gorzelanny .269 5 2010 27 CHC NL 5 0 0 0 1 3 .250 0 29.0 22 11 8 10 27 2.48 184 1 117 106 2 2 0 0 1 0 2 3 2 1 0 0 .208 .276 .292 .568   451 273
43 Roy Oswalt .269 6 2010 32 HOU NL 6 0 0 0 2 4 .333 0 40.0 34 12 11 12 36 2.48 172 5 162 148 5 1 2 0 1 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 .230 .286 .378 .664   626 410
44 Carlos Silva .270 6 2010 31 CHC NL 6 0 0 0 3 0 1.000 0 36.0 35 16 14 7 24 3.50 130 5 150 138 3 2 0 2 1 2 2 2 1 0 0 2 .254 .295 .413 .708   527 351
45 John Danks .272 6 2010 25 CHW AL 6 0 0 0 3 1 .750 0 41.0 33 10 9 11 34 1.98 220 2 161 150 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 1 4 3 0 0 .220 .273 .287 .560   653 413
46 Ricky Nolasco .273 6 2010 27 FLA NL 6 1 0 0 2 2 .500 0 39.2 37 18 18 8 32 4.08 105 7 157 146 6 3 0 0 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 .253 .287 .479 .766   587 390
47 Jered Weaver .274 7 2010 27 LAA AL 7 0 0 0 4 1 .800 0 44.0 36 13 13 10 47 2.66 159 5 175 164 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 2 .220 .263 .341 .604   756 487
48 Paul Maholm .275 6 2010 28 PIT NL 6 0 0 0 2 2 .500 0 37.2 39 19 17 16 21 4.06 103 6 165 146 12 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 .267 .337 .473 .810   599 357
49 Freddy Garcia .276 5 2010 35 CHW AL 5 0 0 0 1 2 .333 0 29.0 28 17 17 12 18 5.28 83 4 122 108 8 0 2 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 .259 .331 .444 .775   444 266
50 Kyle Davies .277 6 2010 26 KCR AL 6 0 0 0 2 1 .667 0 34.2 32 21 21 17 25 5.45 76 4 148 128 11 0 0 1 0 2 5 4 1 0 0 0 .250 .338 .430 .768   592 352
51 Dana Eveland .278 6 2010 26 TOR AL 6 0 0 0 3 1 .750 0 35.1 34 16 15 17 16 3.82 107 2 151 132 5 0 0 1 0 1 4 2 3 1 0 2 .258 .344 .341 .685   539 315
52 Kevin Millwood .278 6 2010 35 BAL AL 6 1 0 0 0 3 .000 0 40.0 39 18 14 11 32 3.15 134 7 167 153 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 0 .255 .307 .425 .732   643 404
53 Ervin Santana .278 6 2010 27 LAA AL 6 1 0 0 1 2 .333 0 40.1 38 18 18 11 35 4.02 105 6 171 154 11 1 0 3 1 2 3 6 1 0 0 2 .247 .306 .448 .754   654 394
54 Justin Duchscherer .280 5 2010 32 OAK AL 5 0 0 0 2 1 .667 0 28.0 26 11 9 12 18 2.89 143 3 116 102 2 0 0 1 0 1 7 1 0 1 0 2 .255 .336 .363 .699   439 269
55 Justin Verlander .280 6 2010 27 DET AL 6 0 0 0 2 2 .500 0 36.0 31 19 18 12 33 4.50 96 3 149 134 5 2 0 0 1 2 1 5 1 0 0 1 .231 .291 .366 .656   658 444
56 Jeremy Guthrie .280 6 2010 31 BAL AL 6 0 0 0 0 4 .000 0 37.2 39 22 20 8 20 4.78 89 4 159 144 9 2 0 1 1 5 4 1 0 0 1 0 .271 .304 .444 .748   618 371
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Rk Player BAbip G Year Age Tm Lg GS CG SHO GF W L W-L% SV IP H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ HR BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pit Str
1 Doug Davis .452 6 2010 34 MIL NL 6 0 0 0 1 3 .250 0 27.2 45 26 25 12 28 8.13 51 3 139 124 6 0 0 2 1 0 4 2 1 0 0 3 .363 .428 .484 .911   596 351
2 Jason Hammel .422 4 2010 27 COL NL 4 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0 18.2 28 20 19 8 13 9.16 51 1 89 76 5 1 0 1 2 2 3 4 1 2 0 1 .368 .425 .500 .925   349 205
3 Justin Masterson .416 5 2010 25 CLE AL 5 0 0 0 0 3 .000 0 26.2 36 21 16 12 31 5.40 73 4 127 111 6 0 0 2 1 1 4 2 1 0 0 1 .324 .397 .486 .883   507 317
4 Bud Norris .405 6 2010 25 HOU NL 6 0 0 0 1 4 .200 0 26.1 32 25 22 20 33 7.52 57 2 132 108 8 1 0 2 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 2 .296 .412 .444 .857   559 327
5 Rick Porcello .398 6 2010 21 DET AL 6 0 0 0 2 3 .400 0 30.0 46 27 25 10 19 7.50 58 3 143 130 10 1 0 3 0 0 5 2 2 0 0 4 .354 .413 .515 .928   543 331
6 Gil Meche .384 5 2010 31 KCR AL 5 0 0 0 0 3 .000 0 23.2 36 26 26 18 14 9.89 42 3 121 102 9 2 2 0 0 1 2 8 2 0 0 1 .353 .446 .569 1.015   492 289
7 Wandy Rodriguez .380 6 2010 31 HOU NL 6 0 0 0 1 4 .200 0 33.1 44 21 17 10 23 4.59 93 3 149 132 4 0 0 2 3 2 6 2 1 0 0 0 .333 .384 .432 .815   521 322
8 Randy Wells .380 6 2010 27 CHC NL 6 0 0 0 3 1 .750 0 33.1 42 19 18 8 28 4.86 94 1 148 137 15 0 0 1 2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 .307 .349 .438 .787   529 343
9 Gavin Floyd .378 6 2010 27 CHW AL 6 0 0 0 1 3 .250 0 32.2 45 27 25 14 25 6.89 63 3 154 139 10 3 0 0 1 0 5 4 0 0 0 1 .324 .386 .504 .889   569 350
10 Jonathon Niese .377 6 2010 23 NYM NL 6 0 0 0 1 1 .500 0 35.0 46 15 14 12 29 3.60 116 3 161 146 11 0 1 2 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 .315 .375 .452 .827   623 396
11 Charlie Morton .376 6 2010 26 PIT NL 6 0 0 0 1 5 .167 0 25.1 39 33 29 8 23 10.30 41 7 128 113 7 0 1 3 2 2 1 6 0 0 0 3 .345 .397 .593 .990   490 303
12 Wade LeBlanc .368 4 2010 25 SDP NL 4 0 0 0 2 0 1.000 0 23.1 25 3 3 6 20 1.16 327 0 94 88 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 5 0 1 .284 .330 .352 .682   379 228
13 Josh Beckett .364 7 2010 30 BOS AL 7 0 0 0 1 1 .500 0 41.0 52 35 34 16 34 7.46 59 5 189 167 14 2 1 4 1 1 4 9 1 0 0 0 .311 .383 .509 .892   713 449
14 Homer Bailey .360 6 2010 24 CIN NL 6 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0 32.1 42 27 26 18 30 7.24 60 6 157 135 9 1 1 2 1 1 2 5 1 0 1 2 .311 .397 .526 .923   651 402
15 Edwin Jackson .359 7 2010 26 ARI NL 7 0 0 0 1 4 .200 0 39.1 53 32 32 14 24 7.32 63 7 177 158 10 3 0 2 2 1 7 2 0 0 0 3 .335 .394 .570 .964   653 399
16 Aaron Harang .359 6 2010 32 CIN NL 6 0 0 0 1 4 .200 0 33.2 44 27 25 7 27 6.68 65 7 150 136 8 0 0 3 3 1 1 1 3 1 0 3 .324 .367 .537 .904   612 383
17 Chad Billingsley .354 6 2010 25 LAD NL 6 0 0 0 2 2 .500 0 32.0 37 21 18 14 26 5.06 79 2 144 123 13 2 3 1 2 4 3 1 2 0 0 0 .301 .366 .488 .854   552 337
18 Javier Vazquez .353 5 2010 34 NYY AL 5 0 0 0 1 3 .250 0 23.0 32 25 25 15 20 9.78 41 8 112 95 7 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 2 .337 .429 .663 1.092   466 287
19 Brandon Morrow .351 6 2010 25 TOR AL 6 0 0 0 2 2 .500 0 33.1 31 20 20 20 42 5.40 75 4 147 123 6 0 0 3 1 0 3 4 4 0 0 1 .252 .370 .398 .768   578 363
20 Joel Pineiro .347 6 2010 31 LAA AL 6 0 0 0 2 4 .333 0 35.2 48 22 21 8 21 5.30 80 5 160 149 7 3 1 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 .322 .358 .510 .869   595 386
21 Ben Sheets .346 6 2010 31 OAK AL 6 0 0 0 1 3 .250 0 30.1 42 25 24 16 16 7.12 58 6 142 124 16 3 0 0 0 2 2 5 5 1 0 1 .339 .408 .661 1.070   537 326
22 Brett Myers .344 6 2010 29 HOU NL 6 0 0 0 1 2 .333 0 40.0 47 18 16 11 29 3.60 118 4 173 158 6 2 1 0 4 0 5 3 3 0 0 0 .297 .343 .437 .780   639 406
23 Clayton Richard .343 6 2010 26 SDP NL 6 0 0 0 1 2 .333 0 35.0 37 13 13 17 28 3.34 112 1 153 134 9 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 3 2 1 0 .276 .358 .366 .723   593 364
24 Scott Baker .342 6 2010 28 MIN AL 6 0 0 0 3 2 .600 0 35.1 43 21 21 10 26 5.35 78 4 154 144 14 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 3 .299 .344 .493 .837   557 387
25 Luke Hochevar .342 6 2010 26 KCR AL 6 0 0 0 3 1 .750 0 34.0 39 23 19 16 22 5.03 83 1 152 133 11 4 0 1 1 1 7 5 0 0 0 1 .293 .371 .459 .830   556 325
26 Max Scherzer .340 6 2010 25 DET AL 6 0 0 0 1 2 .333 0 32.0 39 27 23 11 21 6.47 67 6 139 124 8 1 0 3 1 0 2 1 4 0 0 1 .315 .384 .540 .924   554 358
27 Kyle Lohse .339 6 2010 31 STL NL 6 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0 33.0 40 22 20 10 18 5.45 77 1 146 132 10 1 0 0 2 2 3 0 1 1 0 1 .303 .347 .417 .764   565 343
28 John Maine .338 6 2010 29 NYM NL 6 0 0 0 1 1 .500 0 28.2 33 21 19 15 29 5.97 70 6 136 115 6 0 0 2 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 .287 .379 .496 .874   548 334
29 Johnny Cueto .337 6 2010 24 CIN NL 6 0 0 0 1 1 .500 0 33.0 38 19 19 12 25 5.18 84 4 146 130 12 0 2 3 1 0 2 1 2 1 1 2 .292 .366 .477 .842   610 367
30 Anibal Sanchez .337 5 2010 26 FLA NL 5 0 0 0 1 2 .333 0 31.0 36 17 14 8 17 4.06 106 1 135 120 3 1 1 1 4 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 .300 .344 .367 .710   473 312
31 Cole Hamels .336 6 2010 26 PHI NL 6 0 0 0 2 2 .500 0 38.2 43 20 19 12 44 4.42 97 7 172 158 11 0 1 1 1 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 .272 .327 .475 .802   646 417
32 John Lannan .336 6 2010 25 WSN NL 6 0 0 0 1 2 .333 0 32.2 45 23 23 18 12 6.34 67 4 159 135 9 2 1 2 1 3 4 5 0 0 0 0 .333 .411 .519 .930   561 344
33 Jorge de la Rosa .333 4 2010 29 COL NL 4 0 0 0 3 1 .750 0 23.0 20 11 10 13 26 3.91 119 1 100 84 5 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 2 0 1 2 .238 .354 .333 .687   408 242
34 Zach Duke .331 7 2010 27 PIT NL 7 0 0 0 2 3 .400 0 40.1 51 27 23 18 24 5.13 81 5 191 167 12 2 1 2 3 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 .305 .378 .491 .869   682 426
35 Vicente Padilla .328 4 2010 32 LAD NL 4 0 0 0 1 1 .500 0 21.2 25 18 16 6 23 6.65 61 5 100 88 4 0 1 3 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 .284 .347 .500 .847   386 254
36 Tommy Hanson .326 6 2010 23 ATL NL 6 1 0 0 2 2 .500 0 35.0 32 12 11 12 38 2.83 148 3 147 129 6 0 0 2 3 1 2 4 1 1 0 0 .248 .319 .364 .684   596 395
37 Jeremy Bonderman .325 5 2010 27 DET AL 5 0 0 0 1 1 .500 0 26.2 29 20 17 9 21 5.74 76 2 116 105 4 1 0 0 1 1 2 4 2 0 0 2 .276 .330 .390 .721   461 300
38 Kevin Slowey .324 6 2010 26 MIN AL 6 0 0 0 4 2 .667 0 34.1 41 15 15 11 28 3.93 107 6 153 140 8 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 .293 .340 .507 .847   591 389
39 Craig Stammen .324 6 2010 26 WSN NL 6 0 0 0 1 1 .500 0 32.0 38 22 20 4 19 5.62 76 4 132 127 12 3 0 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 .299 .318 .535 .854   507 321
40 Jake Westbrook .323 6 2010 32 CLE AL 6 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0 31.1 36 21 20 17 21 5.74 69 4 145 123 7 0 0 4 0 1 5 4 1 0 0 4 .293 .393 .447 .840   577 327
41 Brad Bergesen .322 5 2010 24 BAL AL 5 0 0 0 2 2 .500 0 22.0 34 24 18 8 7 7.36 58 6 109 99 13 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .343 .394 .657 1.051   381 237
42 Nick Blackburn .322 5 2010 28 MIN AL 5 1 0 0 2 1 .667 0 32.2 44 22 21 9 9 5.79 73 7 143 130 11 1 0 2 1 1 7 0 1 1 0 0 .338 .387 .600 .987   444 289
43 Dan Haren .321 7 2010 29 ARI NL 7 1 0 0 4 1 .800 0 49.0 49 24 22 11 50 4.04 115 6 204 190 10 1 2 0 3 0 4 7 4 1 1 3 .258 .299 .416 .714   763 501
44 Joe Saunders .321 6 2010 29 LAA AL 6 0 0 0 1 5 .167 0 30.2 41 26 24 14 13 7.04 60 7 144 124 14 0 1 1 3 2 2 2 0 1 0 1 .331 .397 .613 1.010   564 329
45 Clayton Kershaw .321 6 2010 22 LAD NL 6 0 0 0 1 2 .333 0 30.2 28 17 17 24 36 4.99 81 3 145 117 7 2 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 .239 .382 .410 .792   616 369
46 Brian Matusz .318 6 2010 23 BAL AL 6 0 0 0 2 2 .500 0 36.2 37 18 16 13 31 3.93 108 2 158 141 5 1 0 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 0 0 .262 .325 .355 .679   597 407
47 Derek Lowe .317 7 2010 37 ATL NL 7 0 0 0 4 3 .571 0 38.0 44 28 26 19 23 6.16 68 5 171 150 9 0 4 0 1 1 4 1 3 0 0 1 .293 .371 .453 .824   664 398
48 Clay Buchholz .316 5 2010 25 BOS AL 5 0 0 0 3 2 .600 0 30.1 31 15 10 12 24 2.97 149 1 133 119 7 0 0 0 1 1 2 4 2 1 0 1 .261 .326 .345 .670   542 339
49 Rodrigo Lopez .314 6 2010 34 ARI NL 6 0 0 0 1 1 .500 0 37.0 44 22 17 7 23 4.14 112 6 159 147 6 0 0 0 2 3 4 6 0 0 0 0 .299 .325 .463 .787   578 391
50 Scott Feldman .313 6 2010 27 TEX AL 6 0 0 0 1 3 .250 0 33.0 39 27 20 14 18 5.45 80 3 150 135 8 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 1 0 0 2 .289 .353 .430 .783   595 361
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Generated 5/8/2010.

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Man, those Tampa Bay Rays pitchers are either lucky or have a great defense behind them.

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5 Responses to “Bibbidi Bobbidi BAbip”

  1. This particular stat also reflects how well a pitcher can manipulate a batter -- how well the pitcher can induce a batter to hit toward a certain fielder, or area of the field. For example, Miguel Cuellar and Dave McNally both seemed to induce a LOT of batters to hit grounders toward left -- a literal hitters graveyard hen you consider the chances of successfully hitting anything past Brooks Robinson, Mark Belanger or Luis Aparacio.

  2. Wade LeBlanc, #12 on the 2nd list, has an ERA of 1.16 despite a BAbip of .368; if that BAbip regresses toward the mean, he'll be pitching nothing but shutouts. Ryan Rowland-Smith, #14 on the 1st list, would appear to be the anti-LeBlanc.

  3. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    You can get good results with a high BABIP if you pick off more than one runner per start, as LeBlanc has done.

  4. [...] interesting tidbit over the weekend from Steve Lombardi of Was Watching and Baseball-Reference.com, asking if Phil Hughes has been more lucky than good so [...]

  5. [...] Baseball-Reference Blog Blog Archive Bibbidi Bobbidi BAbip Not suprising that Jamie Moyer is up there at .241 Where can we find a year by year view of each pitcher's BABIP? Moyer isn't going to be HoF but he's always excelled at this number, hasn't he? I think he must have been lucky for 3 decades. [...]