StaTuesday: All-Star Berrios WHIP-ing his way into Twins history

Jose Berrios, the All-Star.

It’s an attribution the Twins hoped for when they selected him 32nd overall in the 2012 draft, just 30 picks after taking flashy outfielder Byron Buxton.

Six years later, the 24-year-old has registered one of the best starts to a season in franchise history. Only a trio of pitchers from the 1960s — Jim Perry, Dean Chance and Jim Merritt — as well as Francisco Liriano (in his unhittable rookie campaign) posted a better WHIP in the first half of a season than Berrios in 2018.

NAME YEAR IP H BB WHIP
Jim Perry 1968 73 2/3 57 14 0.96
Dean Chance 1968 142 2/3 98 40 0.97
Jim Merritt 1967 91 2/3 73 16 0.97
Francisco Liriano 2006 88 1/3 63 23 0.97
Jose Berrios 2018 121 1/3 94 26 0.99
Johan Santana 2006 131 107 24 1.00
Stan Williams 1970 62 2/3 44 19 1.01

If he can keep things rolling in the second half of the season, Berrios would be one of five starting pitchers in Twins history (Johan Santana and Merritt did it twice) to finish a season with a WHIP below 1.00 (minimum 470 batters faced).

NAME YEAR IP WHIP
Francisco Liriano 2006 98 2/3 0.91
Johan Santana 2004 228 0.92
Jim Merritt 1966 125 2/3 0.97
Johan Santana 2005 231 2/3 0.97
Jim Merritt 1967 213 2/3 0.97
Jose Berrios* 2018 121 1/3 0.99
Dean Chance 1968 285 3/2 0.99

­* Season in progress

As the game goes on, “La Makina” gets better. He’s one of three pitchers this season to record multiple complete games, joining Seattle’s James Paxton (yes, the pitcher who was “attacked” by a bald eagle on opening day) and Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco. And if he’s pitching in the seventh inning or later, Berrios has been practically untouchable. A 0.63 WHIP in the final three innings tops all pitchers in Twins history, and it’s not even close.

NAME YEAR IP H BB WHIP
Jose Berrios* 2018 16 7 3 0.63
Joe Nathan 2006 68 1/3 38 16 0.79
Eric Milton 1999 26 14 7 0.81
Pete Filson 1983 25 2/3 17 5 0.86
Caleb Thielbar 2013 43 23 14 0.86
Kevin Jepsen 2015 28 18 7 0.89
Joe Nathan 2008 67 2/3 43 18 0.9

* Season in progress

Berrios’ WHIP stacks up against today’s stars as well. There are just seven American League pitchers with 100+ innings pitched and a WHIP below 1.00. Six of the seven were named All-Stars this week, with only Sean Manaea, Oakland’s 26-year-old left-hander, left out of the midsummer classic.

NAME IP WHIP
Justin Verlander, HOU 125 2/3 0.84
Corey Kluber, CLE 126 1/3 0.88
Chris Sale, BOS 122 0.89
Sean Manaea, OAK 113 2/3 0.96
Luis Severino, NYY 123 1/3 0.96
Gerrit Cole, HOU 122 2/3 0.97
Jose Berrios, MIN 121 1/3 0.99