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