Thursday, June 17, 2010

Numbers That Make You Queasy

Courtesy of Rotoworld.

Scott Baker dominated the Rockies on Wednesday, allowing two hits over seven scoreless innings and striking out 12 in a victory.
 There's that word again: Dominated.
The 12 strikeouts are a new career high for Baker. He's always featured a strong strikeout rate, but he's not one to rack up a whole bunch in an outing like this. Oddly, he had recently been suffering in that category, striking out a total of 12 batters over 23 1/3 innings in his previous four starts. Always a streaky pitcher, perhaps this was what he needed to get himself going.
And how many times do we hear about a starter racking up an unusually high -- sometimes season/career high -- number of strikeouts in a start against the Rockies?