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Good News About David Price's Walk Rate

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Yay!

Last First Team K%
Santana Johan NYN 23.16
Gaudin Chad SDN 22.94
Burnett A.J. NYA 22.92
Nolasco Ricky FLO 22.54
Scherzer Max ARI 22.45
Beckett Josh BOS 22.43
Price David TBA 22.35
Rodriguez Wandy HOU 21.94
Volquez Edinson CIN 21.56
Lilly Ted CHN 21.46
Halladay Roy TOR 21.35

 

Oh dear God:

Last First Team BB%
Willis Dontrelle DET 17.5
Price David TBA 16.76
Cabrera Daniel WAS 15.84
Volquez Edinson CIN 14.68
Sanchez Jonathan SFN 14.6
Hill Rich BAL 14.35
Kershaw Clayton LAN 14.17
Carmona Fausto CLE 14.09
Parra Manny MIL 13.1
Reyes Anthony CLE 13.07
Maine John NYN 12.64

 

Well...:

Last First Team BB% Ball%
Cabrera Daniel WAS 15.84 44.2
Reyes Anthony CLE 13.07 43.5
Willis Dontrelle DET 17.5 42.5
Carmona Fausto CLE 14.09 42.3
Volquez Edinson CIN 14.68 42
Parra Manny MIL 13.1 41.1
Kershaw Clayton LAN 14.17 40
Hill Rich BAL 14.35 39.5
Sanchez Jonathan SFN 14.6 39.1
Maine John NYN 12.64 39
Price David TBA 16.76 38.8

 

Hey, wait:

Last First Team BB% Ball%
Garza Matt TBA 9.78 38.8
Price David TBA 16.76 38.8
Palmer Matt ANA 9.51 38.8
Dempster Ryan CHN 9.74 38.7
West Sean FLO 10.71 38.7
Pettitte Andy NYA 8.41 38.6
Porcello Rick DET 8.36 38.6
Galarraga Armando DET 10.47 38.5
Romero Ricky TOR 8.14 38.4
Vargas Jason SEA 5.68 38.4
Pelfrey Mike NYN 8.09 38.4

 

One of those doesn't fit in, and I don't mean Jason Vargas.

All of that basically leads to one point: David Price isn't throwing enough balls to walk that many batters. Okay, well he is, but he really isn't. 62% of his pitches are strikes, either called, swinging, or foul. Pitchers capable of doing that are walking around 8-10%* of their total batters faced. Price is walking double that. Either Price is an outlier, or he's going to regress at some point.

This is good.

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*Per StatCorner's glossary, the R^2 between ball% and walks is 0.56, so yeah, there's some reason to believe this is going to happen.