MLB Advanced Analytics: Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio: Part Two
Mike Alexander revisits Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio and how it can be used as a tool when looking at starting pitchers.
One of my favorite early season stats to examine is always Strikeout-to-walk Ratio, or K/BB. It tends to indicate success in a simplistic way. Strikeouts are good. Walks are bad. A strong K/BB will typically reveal who’s getting it done with effective pitching. A strikeout artist can afford to walk some batters as long as he’s raking up Ks. Conversely, a control specialist needs to keep walks to a bare minimum to be useful.
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.
Carlos Carrasco makes for an intriguing buy low. He’s still getting you the Ks you paid for. The ratios could stabilize and make him a value. Matthew Boyd ’s breakout looks legit here. He’s a strikeout pitcher now. My best ball portfolio is thrilled to see Caleb Smith picking up where he left off in 2018 with great...