Fantasy Baseball 2012: BABIP Wonders; 5 Pitchers That Could Regress

ST. PETERSBURG - OCTOBER 04:  Infielder Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers rounds the bases after his first inning home run as pitcher Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays stands on the mound during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 4, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 30, 2012

We took a look at the batters that could regress or improve based on last year’s BABIP (batting average on balls in play). Now we’ll look at some pitchers who could be due for regression. 


Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays 

Hellickson went 13-10 with a stellar 2.95 ERA. He is a quality pitcher, but you can’t help but be a little worried that he posted a league-low (among starters) .223 BABIP last year. Especially pitching in the potent AL East division. 


Ricky Romero, Toronto Blue Jays 

Similar BABIP success (.242) and in the same division. His mark has steadily improved from .333 as a rookie to .289 as a sophomore to last year’s mark. Similarly, his ERA has dipped from 4.30 to 3.73 to 2.92 last year.

He’s good, but I’m afraid he’s not going to post another sub-3.00 ERA this year.


Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox 

He had his lowest BABIP (.245) of his career, which in turn led to the lowest ERA (2.89).

Given his injury history, I wouldn’t be surprised to see those numbers increase more towards his career .290 and 3.84 marks.


Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians 

Finally, a non-AL East pitcher to crack the list. He has a solid track record in the minors of low BABIP, but his .253 BABIP mark (along with his 4.25 ERA) may be hard to duplicate.

His ERA jumped from 2.74 through May to 5.24 for the balance of the year. His BABIP also climbed in the second half.

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Josh Beckett #19 of the Boston Red Sox throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st inning at Fenway Park September 21, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Michael Pineda, New York Yankees 

Not only does he have the move from Safeco and the AL West to Yankee Stadium and the AL East working against him, but he is a BABIP regression risk as well. Other than A-plus ball, he has never had a mark as low as last year’s .258.

His numbers were much worse in the second half, especially his ERA, which went from 3.03 before the break to 5.12 following it.


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