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Pitches Per Inning Leaders: 2015 MLB Season

Pitches Per Inning measures the average number of pitches thrown by a pitcher on a per inning basis, which gives an indication as to the pitchers efficiency at getting through innings. 

Pitches Per Inning = Pitch Count / Innings Pitched

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Pitching pitches per inning leaders are those who throw the fewest number of pitches per inning. In order to be among the league leaders in this statistic pitchers must 1) not allow many baserunners, and 2) go deep into the count with batters as infrequently as possible. Pitchers who lead the league in strikeouts generally do not appear at the top of this list, as it takes more pitches on average to strike out a batter than it does to, for example, induce a strikeout early in the count. The 2014 leader, Clayton Kershaw, needed less than 14 pitches per inning in 2014, or over 1.5% fewer than the next pitcher (Henderson Alvarez). Kershaw and Alvarez finished 77th and 88th, respectively, in total pitches thrown in 2014. All pitchers, even strikeout pitchers, should aim to throw as few pitches per inning as possible.


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Pitches Per Inning Pitched Leaders
RankPlayerPosTeamPitchesInnings PitchedPitches Per Inning
1Bartolo ColonPNYM2,70619413.9
2Mark BuehrlePTOR2,82919814.2
3Mike LeakePSF2,75419214.3
4Jaime GarciaPSTL1,85712914.3
5John LackeyPCHC3,12721814.3
6Hisashi IwakumaPSEA1,86812914.4
7Phil HughesPMIN2,25515514.5
8Zack GreinkePARI3,23922214.5
9Clayton KershawPLAD3,39223214.6
10Max ScherzerPWAS3,35922814.7
11Corey KluberPCLE3,27322214.7
12Erasmo RamirezPTB2,40916314.7
13Matt HarveyPNYM2,79818914.8
14Sonny GrayPOAK3,07820814.8
15Masahiro TanakaPNYY2,29015414.9
16Jake ArrietaPCHC3,43822915.0
17Tim HudsonPSF1,85412315.0
18Carlos CarrascoPCLE2,77718315.1
19Brett AndersonPLAD2,71618015.1
20Dallas KeuchelPHOU3,49223215.1
21Clay BuchholzPBOS1,71611315.1
22Felix HernandezPSEA3,04020115.1
23A.J. BurnettPPIT2,50016415.2
24Madison BumgarnerPSF3,31221815.2
25R.A. DickeyPTOR3,26421415.2
26Jonathon NiesePPIT2,70117615.3
27Alex WoodPLAD2,90918915.3
28David PricePBOS3,38822015.4
29Johnny CuetoPKC3,26821215.4
30Matt ShoemakerPLAA2,08913515.4
31Jordan ZimmermannPDET3,10320115.4
32Jered WeaverPLAA2,44815915.4
33Taijuan WalkerPSEA2,62916915.5
34Charlie MortonPPIT1,99512915.5
35Colby LewisPTEX3,18020415.5
36Ervin SantanaPMIN1,67810815.5
37Dan HarenPCHC2,90618715.5
38Mat LatosPLAA1,80411615.5
39Alex ColomePTB1,70110915.5
40Jon LesterPCHC3,18520515.5
41Kyle HendricksPCHC2,79318015.5
42Kyle KendrickPCOL2,22214215.6
43Andrew HeaneyPLAA1,64510515.6
44Jacob deGromPNYM2,97619115.6
45Jeff SamardzijaPSF3,33921415.6
46Gerrit ColePPIT3,23820815.6
47Cole HamelsPTEX3,34321215.7
48Chris HestonPSF2,79217715.7
49Garrett RichardsPLAA3,25020715.7
50Wei-Yin ChenPBAL3,01019115.7
51Jake PeavyPSF1,74111015.7
52Jimmy NelsonPMIL2,79117715.7
53Anthony DeSclafaniPCIN2,91318415.8
54Shelby MillerPATL3,24720515.8
55Carlos MartinezPSTL2,84417915.8
56Chris SalePCWS3,32320815.9
57Collin McHughPHOU3,24120315.9
58Josh CollmenterPARI1,92512115.9
59Michael PinedaPNYY2,54816015.9
60Tom KoehlerPMIA2,97618715.9
61Noah SyndergaardPNYM2,38015015.9
62Williams PerezPATL1,87011616.0
63Rubby De La RosaPARI3,01418816.0
64C.J. WilsonPLAA2,11713216.0
65Stephen StrasburgPWAS2,04312716.0
66Rick PorcelloPBOS2,74417216.0
67Francisco LirianoPPIT2,98318616.0
68Roenis EliasPBOS1,84211516.0
69Chris YoungPKC1,98612316.1
70Scott KazmirPHOU2,94118316.1
71Chase AndersonPARI2,46215216.1
72Doug FisterPWAS1,65410316.1
73Justin VerlanderPDET2,15013316.1
74Wily PeraltaPMIL1,75410816.1
75Tommy MilonePMIN2,06712816.1
76Marco EstradaPTOR2,91318116.1
77Anibal SanchezPDET2,53215716.1
78Matt GarzaPMIL2,39314816.1
79Jason HammelPCHC2,75117016.1
80Yordano VenturaPKC2,65116316.2
81CC SabathiaPNYY2,70316716.2
82Tanner RoarkPWAS1,80011116.2
83Mike PelfreyPDET2,66316416.2
84Michael WachaPSTL2,93718116.2
85Chris ArcherPTB3,44921216.3
86Julio TeheranPATL3,27520016.3
87Matt WislerPATL1,77210916.3
88Jerome WilliamsPPHI1,97812116.3
89Trevor MayPMIN1,86411416.3
90Jake OdorizziPTB2,75516916.3
91Mike BolsingerPLAD1,77910916.3
92Scott FeldmanPHOU1,77110816.3
93Trevor BauerPCLE2,86917616.3
94Jose QuintanaPCWS3,37320616.3
95Chris RusinPCOL2,14913116.3
96Adam WarrenPCHC2,15913116.4
97Chad BettisPCOL1,88211516.4
98Jesse ChavezPTOR2,57215716.4
99Kendall GravemanPOAK1,89811516.4
100John DanksPCWS2,91817716.4
101Alfredo SimonPDET3,05918716.4
102Aaron HarangPPHI2,84417216.5
103Eduardo RodriguezPBOS2,00912116.5
104J.A. HappPTOR2,83917216.5
105Jorge De La RosaPCOL2,45914916.5
106Tyson RossPSD3,22919616.5
107Danny SalazarPCLE3,04818516.5
108Jeff LockePPIT2,78016816.5
109Edinson VolquezPKC3,29820016.5
110James ShieldsPSD3,33620216.5
111Wade MileyPSEA3,19419316.5
112Nathan KarnsPSEA2,44014716.6
113Odrisamer DespaignePSD2,08812516.6
114Ubaldo JimenezPBAL3,06018416.6
115Kyle GibsonPMIN3,23519416.6
116David PhelpsPMIA1,85811216.6
117Jeremy GuthriePKC2,47514816.7
118Kyle LohsePMIL2,54415216.7
119Kevin GausmanPBAL1,87611216.7
120Drew HutchisonPTOR2,51115016.7
121Gio GonzalezPWAS2,94717516.8
122Andrew CashnerPSD3,10918416.8
123Lance McCullersPHOU2,10912516.8
124Miguel GonzalezPBAL2,43914416.9
125Mike FiersPHOU3,04218016.9
126Jeremy HellicksonPPHI2,47814617.0
127Chris TillmanPBAL2,94317317.0
128Nick MartinezPTEX2,11912517.0
129Nathan EovaldiPNYY2,63815417.1
130Travis WoodPCHC1,71810017.1
131Ryan VogelsongPSF2,31013517.1
132Taylor JungmannPMIL2,04511917.1
133Ian KennedyPSD2,91116817.3
134Danny DuffyPKC2,36013617.3
135Lance LynnPSTL3,05317517.4
136Hector SantiagoPLAA3,16218017.5
137Yovani GallardoPTEX3,22618417.5
138Carlos RodonPCWS2,44113917.5
139Michael LorenzenPCIN1,99711317.6
140Joe KellyPBOS2,37813417.7
141Robbie RayPARI2,25712717.7
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