With the 2020 season hopefully coming in the near future, we’re going to continue going over numbers from last year. Today, we are going to look at which starters and relievers had the highest strikeout rates in the game in 2019.
Highest K% From 2019
Before we get into the lists, we’re going to go over how we did the calculation. In order to calculate K%, we simply take the numbers of strikeouts a pitcher recorded, and divide that by the number of batters he faced. Our calculation, though, will look a bit different than other sites, as we took intentional walks out of the equation. This makes the rate a bit more precise since batters don’t face any pitches during an IBB.
In order to qualify for this list, a reliever must have thrown at least 50 innings, while a starter needed to throw at least 100 innings. With that said, let’s get into the lists.
Highest K% – Relievers
|4||Blue Jays||Ken Giles||40.1%|
|6||Red Sox||Matt Barnes||38.9%|
Highest K% – Starters
|2||Red Sox||Chris Sale||35.6%|
|7||White Sox||Lucas Giolito||32.4%|
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