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Pitches Per Start Leaders: 2015 MLB Season

Pitches Per Start is a statistic in baseball that measures the average number of total pitches a starting pitcher throws during a start.

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Pitches per start leaders are those who throw the most number of pitches for every game they start and thus are most likely to pitch deep into games.  Leading the league in this statistic requires factors which are in a pitcher’s control, but also some that are not. To consistently throw a high number of pitches per start (leaders generally throw 105-110 pitches per start) a pitcher must consistently throw deep into games. Many of those at the top of the leaderboard are strikeout pitchers, as they rack up more pitches than those who dispose of batters earlier in the count. Pitching for a manager who generally has a “longer leash” (meaning they allow starters to work deeper into games and are less likely to bring in a reliever if a starter finds himself in trouble) also helps boost the pitches per start leader. Pitching in the American League can help as well, as National League pitchers who may be pitching well but are still losing are more likely to be pulled for a pinch hitter in the middle to late innings of a game.


CHANGE SEASON: 
Pitches Per Start
RankPlayerTeamPitch CountStartsPitches Per Start
1Rich HillOAK4344108.5
2Justin VerlanderDET2,15020107.5
3Chris SaleCWS3,32331107.2
4Erik JohnsonCWS6376106.2
5David PriceBOS3,38932105.9
6Dallas KeuchelHOU3,49133105.8
7Jose QuintanaCWS3,37332105.4
8Cole HamelsTEX3,34432104.5
9Jeff SamardzijaSF3,33832104.3
10Jake ArrietaCHC3,43933104.2
11Phillippe AumontCWS1041104.0
12Madison BumgarnerSF3,31232103.5
13Clayton KershawLAD3,39233102.8
14Corey KluberCLE3,27432102.3
15Johnny CuetoKC3,26732102.1
16Max ScherzerWAS3,35933101.8
17Garrett RichardsLAA3,25132101.6
18Danny SalazarCLE3,04830101.6
19Chris ArcherTB3,44834101.4
20Collin McHughHOU3,24232101.3
21Anibal SanchezDET2,53325101.3
22Zack GreinkeARI3,23832101.2
23Gerrit ColePIT3,23832101.2
24James ShieldsSD3,33633101.1
25Kyle GibsonMIN3,23532101.1
26Chris BeckCWS1011101.0
27C.J. WilsonLAA2,11721100.8
28Carlos RodonCWS2,31423100.6
29Wandy RodriguezKC1,50815100.5
30Andrew CashnerSD3,10931100.3
31Taylor JordanWAS1001100.0
32Wade MileySEA3,1943299.8
33Jon LesterCHC3,1843299.5
34Sonny GrayOAK3,0783199.3
35Julio TeheranATL3,2743399.2
36Jacob deGromNYM2,9763099.2
37Noah SyndergaardNYM2,3812499.2
38Matt BarnesBOS198299.0
39R.A. DickeyTOR3,2643398.9
40Edinson VolquezKC3,2603398.8
41Alfredo SimonDET3,0603198.7
42Ervin SantanaMIN1,6781798.7
43Lance LynnSTL3,0543198.5
44Shelby MillerATL3,2473398.4
45Jake OdorizziTB2,7552898.4
46Scott FeldmanHOU1,7711898.4
47Mike FiersHOU2,9463098.2
48Marco EstradaTOR2,7502898.2
49Felix HernandezSEA3,0413198.1
50Aaron HarangPHI2,8452998.1
51Robbie RayARI2,2562398.1
52Rick PorcelloBOS2,7442898.0
53Michael WachaSTL2,9373097.9
54Kevin GausmanBAL1,6641797.9
55Tyson RossSD3,2273397.8
56Yovani GallardoTEX3,2273397.8
57Nathan EovaldiNYY2,6382797.7
58Nick MartinezTEX2,0522197.7
59Hector SantiagoLAA3,1173297.4
60Taylor JungmannMIL2,0452197.4
61John DanksCWS2,9193097.3
62Wei-Yin ChenBAL3,0103197.1
63Ian KennedySD2,9103097.0
64Aaron SanchezTOR1,0651196.8
65Brandon MorrowSD484596.8
66Matt HarveyNYM2,7992996.5
67Colby LewisTEX3,1813396.4
68Francisco LirianoPIT2,9823196.2
69A.J. BurnettPIT2,5012696.2
70Henry OwensBOS1,0581196.2
71Steven MatzNYM576696.0
72Lance McCullersHOU2,1102295.9
73Eduardo RodriguezBOS2,0102195.7
74Jesse HahnOAK1,5311695.7
75Ubaldo JimenezBAL3,0593295.6
76Masahiro TanakaNYY2,2902495.4
77Kyle LohseMIL2,0972295.3
78Clay BuchholzBOS1,7151895.3
79Jesse ChavezTOR2,4752695.2
80Gio GonzalezWAS2,9483195.1
81Trevor BauerCLE2,8533095.1
82Joe KellyBOS2,3782595.1
83Chi Chi GonzalezTEX9501095.0
84Chris TillmanBAL2,9423194.9
85Scott KazmirHOU2,9423194.9
86Carlos MartinezSTL2,7522994.9
87Josh TomlinCLE9491094.9
88John LackeyCHC3,1283394.8
89Tom KoehlerMIA2,9393194.8
90Mike FoltynewiczATL1,4221594.8
91Yordano VenturaKC2,6522894.7
92Chris BassittOAK1,2311394.7
93Drew SmylyTB1,1361294.7
94Jorge De La RosaCOL2,4602694.6
95Roberto HernandezHOU1,0401194.5
96Michael PinedaNYY2,5492794.4
97David HaleCOL1,1331294.4
98Rubby De La RosaARI3,0143294.2
99Jered WeaverLAA2,4492694.2
100Raisel IglesiasCIN1,5071694.2
101Chad BettisCOL1,8822094.1
102Jordan ZimmermannDET3,1023394.0
103Anthony DeSclafaniCIN2,9143194.0
104Miguel GonzalezBAL2,4392693.8
105Vince VelasquezHOU656793.7
106Matt GarzaMIL2,3402593.6
107Jorge LopezMIL187293.5
108Hisashi IwakumaSEA1,8682093.4
109Ross DetwilerATL654793.4
110Marcus StromanTOR373493.3
111CC SabathiaNYY2,7032993.2
112Luis SeverinoNYY1,0251193.2
113Jimmy NelsonMIL2,7903093.0
114Jeremy GuthrieKC2,2322493.0
115Chris RusinCOL2,0462293.0
116Jaime GarciaSTL1,8582092.9
117Jeff LockePIT2,7813092.7
118Doug FisterWAS1,3911592.7
119Steven WrightBOS834992.7
120Carlos CarrascoCLE2,7783092.6
121Scott BakerLAD185292.5
122Danny DuffyKC2,2182492.4
123David PhelpsMIA1,7561992.4
124Jerad EickhoffPHI739892.4
125Odrisamer DespaigneSD1,6581892.1
126Zach McAllisterCLE92192.0
127Mike LeakeSF2,7543091.8
128Jeremy HellicksonPHI2,4792791.8
129Brandon McCarthyLAD367491.8
130Adam WarrenCHC1,5591791.7
131Nathan KarnsSEA2,3822691.6
132Jake PeavySF1,7401991.6
133Andrew HeaneyLAA1,6451891.4
134Jhoulys ChacinARI365491.3
135Chase AndersonARI2,4622791.2
136Roenis EliasBOS1,8242091.2
137John LambCIN9121091.2
138J.A. HappTOR2,8243191.1
139Jonathon NiesePIT2,6422991.1
140Josh CollmenterARI1,0931291.1
141Matt WislerATL1,7311991.1
142Dan StrailyHOU273391.0
143Alex WoodLAD2,9093290.9
144Derek HollandTEX9091090.9
145Nick TropeanoLAA636790.9
146Dan HarenCHC2,9063290.8
147Mike MontgomerySEA1,4531690.8
148Sean O'SullivanPHI1,1801390.8
149Tyler DuffeyMIN9081090.8
150Taijuan WalkerSEA2,6302990.7
151Kendall GravemanOAK1,8982190.4
152Matt HarrisonPHI271390.3
153Jose FernandezMIA9921190.2
154Chris HestonSF2,7933190.1
155Williams PerezATL1,8002090.0
156Eric StultsLAD720890.0
157Zach LeeLAD90190.0
158Ivan NovaNYY1,5281789.9
159Vance WorleyBAL719889.9
160Zach DaviesMIL539689.8
161Tommy MiloneMIN2,0542389.3
162David HolmbergCIN536689.3
163Michael LorenzenCIN1,8712189.1
164Adam ConleyMIA9801189.1
165Ryan VogelsongSF1,9582289.0
166Phil HughesMIN2,2232588.9
167Mike PelfreyDET2,6643088.8
168Stephen StrasburgWAS2,0422388.8
169Jason HammelCHC2,7503188.7
170Josh SmithCIN620788.6
171Ariel PenaMIL443588.6
172Mark BuehrleTOR2,8293288.4
173Chris YoungKC1,5891888.3
174Vidal NunoSEA8831088.3
175Tim LincecumSF1,3231588.2
176Matt MooreTB1,0561288.0
177Tanner RoarkWAS1,0551287.9
178Kris MedlenKC702887.8
179Drew HutchisonTOR2,4562887.7
180Wily PeraltaMIL1,7542087.7
181Bud NorrisATL9651187.7
182Brett AndersonLAD2,7163187.6
183Hector NoesiCWS438587.6
184Tyler LyonsSTL700887.5
185Colin ReaSD525687.5
186Kyle HendricksCHC2,7943287.3
187Justin NicolinoMIA1,0481287.3
188Jason MarquisCIN783987.0
189Brian JohnsonBOS87187.0
190Felix DoubrontOAK1,0421286.8
191Martin PerezTEX1,2151486.8
192Charlie MortonPIT1,9942386.7
193Randy WolfDET606786.6
194Bartolo ColonNYM2,6823186.5
195Matt ShoemakerLAA2,0742486.4
196Cody AndersonCLE1,2951586.3
197Aaron BrooksOAK774986.0
198Buck FarmerDET430586.0
199Aaron NolaPHI1,1171385.9
200Kyle LobsteinDET9451185.9
201Keyvius SampsonCIN1,0281285.7
202Clayton RichardCHC257385.7
203James PaxtonSEA1,1121385.5
204Homer BaileyCIN171285.5
205Joe RossWAS1,1101385.4
206Justin MastersonBOS768985.3
207Matt CainSF9371185.2
208Drew PomeranzSD765985.0
209Adam WainwrightSTL340485.0
210Kendry FloresMIA85185.0
211Rafael MonteroNYM85185.0
212Brad PeacockHOU85185.0
213Eddie ButlerCOL1,3571684.8
214Mike BolsingerLAD1,7792184.7
215Chris NarvesonMIA169284.5
216Jarred CosartMIA1,0951384.2
217Kevin CorreiaPHI421584.2
218Trevor MayMIN1,3461684.1
219Alex ColomeTB1,0931384.1
220Jose UrenaMIA753983.7
221Henderson AlvarezMIA334483.5
222Dillon GeeNYM584783.4
223Carlos FriasLAD1,0831383.3
224Asher WojciechowskiHOU250383.3
225Sean NolinOAK499683.2
226Adam MorganPHI1,2471583.1
227Tim HudsonSF1,8262283.0
228Erasmo RamirezTB2,2382782.9
229Mat LatosLAA1,7392182.8
230Jerome WilliamsPHI1,7372182.7
231Kyle KendrickCOL2,2222782.3
232Chad BillingsleyPHI576782.3
233Shaun MarcumCLE494682.3
234Tyler WagnerMIL247382.3
235Matt BoydDET9851282.1
236David BuchananPHI1,2301582.0
237Brett OberholtzerHOU655881.9
238Mike WrightBAL734981.6
239Travis WoodCHC733981.4
240Ryan WeberATL407581.4
241Yusmeiro PetitSF81181.0
242Ian ThomasLAD81181.0
243Anthony RanaudoTEX162281.0
244Shane GreeneDET1,2931680.8
245Chase WhitleyTB323480.8
246Archie BradleyARI644880.5
247Tim CooneySTL481680.2
248Brandon BeachyLAD160280.0
249Tyler MatzekCOL399579.8
250Yohan FlandeCOL7971079.7
251Daniel NorrisDET1,0351379.6
252Brandon FinneganCIN318479.5
253Casey KellySD159279.5
254Logan VerrettNYM317479.3
255Brad HandMIA9491279.1
256Severino GonzalezPHI553779.0
257Ricky NolascoMIN631878.9
258Patrick CorbinARI1,2541678.4
259Tyler CravyMIL547778.1
260Kyle RyanDET468678.0
261Joe WielandLAD156278.0
262Brad MillsOAK78178.0
263Allen WebsterPIT389577.8
264Zack GodleyARI466677.7
265Drew RucinskiCHC77177.0
266Casey SadlerPIT77177.0
267Jordan LylesCOL7671076.7
268Jason VargasKC687976.3
269Dustin McGowanPHI76176.0
270Yohan PinoKC76176.0
271Joe BlantonPIT303475.8
272Jon GrayCOL682975.8
273Manny BanuelosATL454675.7
274Samuel DedunoHOU151275.5
275Tyler WilsonBAL375575.0
276Frankie MontasCWS149274.5
277Tsuyoshi WadaCHC516773.7
278Phil KleinTEX147273.5
279Robbie ErlinSD220373.3
280Trevor CahillCHC219373.0
281Alec AsherPHI501771.6
282Christian BergmanCOL285471.3
283Scott CopelandTOR211370.3
284Sean GilmartinNYM70170.0
285Tony CingraniCIN70170.0
286Chris CapuanoNYY278469.5
287TJ HouseCLE277469.3
288Matt AndrieseTB553869.1
289Toru MurataCLE69169.0
290Edgar OlmosCHC137268.5
291David HuffLAD68168.0
292Marco GonzalesSTL66166.0
293Randall DelgadoARI65165.0
294J.R. GrahamMIN63163.0
295Barry ZitoOAK124262.0
296Jon MoscotCIN185361.7
297Bruce ChenCLE123261.5
298Todd RedmondBAL61161.0
299Donn RoachSEA61161.0
300Craig BreslowBOS121260.5
301Cody MartinSEA119259.5
302Bryan MitchellNYY117258.5
303Dallas BeelerCHC171357.0
304Daniel HudsonARI56156.0
305A.J. ColeWAS55155.0
306Cory RasmusLAA50150.0
307Alex WilsonDET43143.0
308Yimi GarciaLAD43143.0
309Juan NicasioLAD41141.0
310Frank GarcesSD39139.0
311Tony ZychSEA39139.0
312Gonzalez GermenCOL34134.0
313Steve GeltzTB54227.0
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