Who’s Got the Hot Hand So Far?

I thought I’d give the starting pitchers a little more than a week before I decided to see who’s gotten off to the best start.

By looking at Wins (W), K’s, Innings Pitched (IP), ERA & WHIP; my choice for hottest pitcher thus far would have to go to Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka with 2 wins in three starts, an ERA under 1.50, a WHIP under 1.00 and almost double the K’s than anyone else with 2 wins up to this point. By the way, he also has the most innings pitched by all 2 game winners up through 4/10/08.

Other honorable mentions go to the following usual suspects: SD’s Jake Peavey with WHIP/ERA of 0.56, D’Back’s Brandon Webb and the Yankee’s Chien-Ming Wang. Some not-so usual suspects are the D’Back’s Micah Owings, TB’s Edwin Jackson who’s WHIP & ERA are both under 1.00 and KC’s Brian Bannister, to name only a few.   

PLAYER TEAM IP K W ERA WHIP
Daisuke Matsuzaka Bos 18.1 22 2 1.47 0.93
Micah Owings Ari 13.2 13 2 2.63 0.88
Jake Peavy SD 16.0 12 2 0.56 0.56
Brandon Webb Ari 13.0 11 2 2.08 1.00
Edwin Jackson TB 14.0 10 2 0.64 0.93
Brian Bannister KC 12.0 10 2 1.50 0.92
Scott Baker Min 11.2 9 2 4.63 1.11
Chien-Ming Wang NYY 13.0 8 2 1.38 1.08
Mark Hendrickson Fla 17.1 8 2 4.15 1.21
Braden Looper StL 11.2 7 2 3.09 1.03
Zack Greinke KC 15.0 5 2 0.60 1.07
Jon Lieber ChC 9.1 4 2 0.00 1.07
Livan Hernandez Min 14.0 3 2 3.86 1.00

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