The swing-and-miss pitch. Next to the home run, it's one of the most exciting and spectacularly violent moments in baseball. A whirlwind of anticipation and—for one side at least—disappointment, combined into one split second.
The strikeout itself is a thrilling feat, and a hurler's go-to pitch can flash-freeze itself into one's memory when it's going right.
Kenny Powers of Eastbound and Down fame once advised his late catcher and friend Shane, "Your ghost can take my fastballs and make ’em do loop-de-loops like Angels In the Outfield."
Well, these five pitchers don't exactly have spectral batterymates in their dugouts, making their breaking balls do loop-de-loops, but at times, their stuff seems like the next best thing.
So, who are the biggest inducers of the swing-and-miss among current starting pitchers in the American League East? Read on to find out. You may be surprised by the results.
(Note: All statistics culled from brooksbaseball.net's whiff/swing data from 2011.)