MLB Advanced Analytics: Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio
Mike Alexander breaks down Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio and how it can be used as a tool when looking at starting pitchers.
If you ask a serious fantasy player what’s the quintessential pitching stat you look at there’s a good chance they’ll say Strikeout-to-walk Ratio, or K/BB. It’s not that deep of a stat as far as advanced analytics go, simply comparing how many strikeouts for every walk a pitcher allows. It reveals a good deal about a pitchers performance, however. Two of the true outcomes are unveiled in one easy to reference ratio. We obviously want high strikeouts and low walks. Looking at them as a single metric helps jumpstart your research process.
Below is a table of the current top 25 in K/BB. I’ve included Strikeout Percentage minus Walk Percentage, or K-BB%, as it’s a good reference point to see in case a very low walk total due to few batters faced is driving a low K/BB.
Some of the players exhibiting strong a performance by both measures: Zach Eflin , Yonny Chirinos , Jacob deGrom , Blake Snell , Joe Musgrove , and Carlos Carrasco . A few of those are elite names and I would...