Royals Four Year Strikeout Rate Increasers

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A few days ago, Dave Cameron at Fangraphs wanted me to look for pitchers that have increased their strikeout rate (K/9) for at least 4 years in a row over the past 20 years for his article on Doug Fister. Since I had the data, I decided to look at the previous and current Royals on the list. No real conclusions can be taken from the data, but it is a little interesting.

Zack Greinke - A nice increase in values until to his Cy Young year in 2009

Year K/9 IP
2005 5.6 183.0
2006 7.1 6.1
2007 7.8 122.0
2008 8.1 202.1
2009 9.5 229.1

Tom "Flash" Gordon - Only in 1995 year he was with K.C. Most of his increase in values was because of his move to reliever.

Year K/9 IP
1995 5.7 189.0
1996 7.1 215.2
1997 7.8 182.2
1998 8.8 79.1
1999 12.2 17.2

Luis Mendoza - I love how Mendoza made the list. A total of just 18 IP piched for the first 3 seasons.

Year K/9 IP
2009 0.0 1.0
2010 2.3 4.0
2011 4.3 14.2
2012 5.3 107.1

Ricky Bottalico - What a horrible signing. He was second on the team in 2000 with 9 wins. IIRC, they were almost all from his own blow saves (Note: I was wrong, only 3 were from his own blown Saves, but all 3 accured on or before May 7th that season).

Year K/9 IP
2000 6.9 72.2
2001 7.7 67.0
2002 7.9 27.1
2003 10.8 1.2

J.P. Howell - Dayton's first horrible trade. At least the Royals got someone who could jump over a car because there are so many cars driving around in the OF.

Year K/9 IP
2005 6.7 72.2
2006 7.0 42.1
2007 8.6 51.0
2008 9.3 89.1
2009 10.7 66.2

Chad Durbin - The main reason why Tony Muser will always be the worst Royals manager, IMO, is the way he handled Durbin. I can't believe he blew out Chad's arm. Somehow, Chad was able to make the list twice.

Year K/9 IP
2000 4.6 72.1
2001 4.8 179.0
2002 5.4 8.1
2003 8.3 8.2

Year K/9 IP
2006 4.5 6.0
2007 4.7 127.2
2008 6.5 87.2
2009 8.0 69.2
2010 8.3 68.2
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