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Take Notes, Starting Pitchers 2-5

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Here are the first-strike percentages (FS%) and strikeout-to-walk ratios (K/BB) of the current members of the Mets rotation so far this season:

Johan Santana Mike Pelfrey John Maine Oliver Perez Livan Hernandez
FS% 68.3 58.3 55.7 54.9 53.5
K/BB 6.17 0.83 1.22 1.25 1.75

Johan's FS% is slightly higher than his career rate and Livan's slightly lower, but the rest are right in line with their career rates.  This illustrates the importance of getting ahead of batters, something we've all heard since little league.