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RANKING THE ACES: Wolf stands tall

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Coming out of high school, was thought too short to be an effective major league pitcher. Barely six feet tall, Wolf was drafted late by the and didn't sign, opting instead for a college career at Pepperdine. Three years later he was picked in the second round by Philadelphia and is now part of the growing trend of not-quite-tall-enough pitchers -- like and -- who are thriving. Generally a .500 pitcher since he was called up to the in 1999, Wolf made major strides after last year's All-Star break. Now he breaks into the Ranking the Aces Top 10 for the first time. What the ratings are based on:
  • ERA: The most common statistic to rate pitchers.
  • WHIP: Keeping batters from reaching base.
  • Strikeouts/walk ratio: A big measuring stick for success.
  • Strikeouts/9 innings: Pitchers who strike out more batters tend to do better.
  • Opponents' slugging percentage: Limiting the home runs and extra-base hits.
  • Wins: Yes, wins aren't always "earned" but this is what the ultimate goal is ... nothing else matters.
The 30 top pitchers in each category earn points (30 for first, 29 for second, etc.). Those with the most total points top our rankings. Statistics are through Tuesday's games. Pitchers must have thrown enough innings to qualify for the ERA title (one inning per team games played) to qualify in every category except wins. Ties among wins are broken by number of losses.
Ranking the aces
Rk. Last Pitcher ERA WHIP K/BB K/9 SLG% Wins TOTAL Comment
1. 1. 30 28 19 14 30 30 151 Hopefully the groin injury is a temporary setback.
2. 5. 20 30 29 23 13 21 136 Back to his winning ways.
3. 2. 29 26 14 13 26 27 135 Working on changing that career June ERA of 5.69.
4. 4. 23 17 25 27 16 18.5 126.5 Thrown at least 104 pitches in last eight starts.
5. 3. 24 27 24 26 25 NR 126 Will need to match Brown's performance in big Dodger series.
6. 7. 18 29 27 28 18 NR 120 Just biding time until return at this point.
7. 15. 10 25 6 21 17 17 96 Supplanted Millwood as staff ace.
8. 6. 25 21 10 NR 15 18.5 89.5 Last time out was his worst outing of season.
9. 10. 7 24 30 NR NR 27 88 Apparently even the need to be stopped occasionally.
10. 9. 12 6 8 30 21 NR 77 Doing everything right but winning.

Next 10:
11. (82.5, LW: 18)
12. (74, LW: 14)
13. (70, LW: 11)
14. (69.5, LW: 13)
15. (69, LW: 12)
16. (63, LW: NR)
17. (63, LW: 20)
18. (62.5, LW: NR)
19. (62, LW: NR)
20. (58, LW: 16). Dropped out: (LW: 8), (LW: 17), (LW: 19). Michael Lazarus can be reached at his e-mail address: mlazarus@foxsports.com.
Tagged: Twins, Yankees, Athletics, Mariners, Cubs, Astros, Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies, Cardinals, Rays, Kyle Lohse, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, Jamie Moyer, Kevin Millwood, Roy Oswalt, Javier Vazquez, Randy Wolf, Carlos Zambrano

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