Which MLB pitcher has the best control?
Mostly throws strikes and rarely throws balls.
- DavidLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Being a great pitcher does not necessarily rely on rarely throwing a ball. Throwing only strikes could make a pitcher very predictable, so great control almost requires pitchers to throw out of the strike zone regularly. A better metric for determination is (W+H)/IP. This simply means the number of baserunners given up via walks and hits per inning pitched. The active pitcher with the lowest ratio is Clayton Kershaw. His career ratio is 1.0912, which means he has allowed just over one baserunner per inning. Only two pitchers in the history of baseball allowed less than one per inning-Addie Joss and Ed Walsh. Third at just over 1 is Mariano Rivera, career of 1.0003 per inning pitched. Interestingly Kershaw ranks 17th of all pitchers ever in this metric.
- tomjc43Lv 77 years ago
I guess control is best measured by lack of walks. The Pitcher with lowest walks per 9 innings in the majors is Dan Harren. His career Whip is pretty good at 1.188 as well.
- 7 years ago
Adam Wainwright he is the best pitcher in 2014 and 13 he is amazing and way better than kershaw
- richard sLv 77 years ago
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- FarOutsideLv 77 years ago
Throwing strikes does not prove control. Many pitches are intentionally thrown ouf of the strike zone.
- Anonymous7 years ago
- dawgdaysLv 77 years ago
David Price - K/BB of 12.1 is crazy. Unfortunately, the Rays suck.