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Derek Lowe Loves Groundballs

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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.

Num PlayerName GS GB FB GB/FB
1 Brandon Webb 134 1760 499 3.5271
2 Derek Lowe 135 1711 538 3.1803
3 Chien-Ming Wang 95 1272 460 2.7652
4 Jake Westbrook 96 1190 443 2.6862
5 Tim Hudson 120 1472 550 2.6764
6 Aaron Cook 102 1360 542 2.5092
7 Felix Hernandez 104 1134 487 2.3285
8 Roy Halladay 115 1416 643 2.2022
9 Paul Maholm 96 1009 525 1.9219
10 A.J. Burnett 112 1079 574 1.8798

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.