If Brandon Webb is the Zeus of big league groundball machines, Derek Lowe must be Hephaestus (or Apollo, if you wish), churning out a higher ratio of grounders to flies than any starting pitcher excepting Webb. Here are the top ten Machina Humus-Pila over the past four seasons among pitchers with at least 80 game starts.
Note that with the signing of A.J. Burnett the Yankees will have two of the game's most prolific groundball artists. More groundballs means fewer homeruns, more double-plays, and more opportunities for the defense to create outs. These are all good things.