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