Friday, May 21, 2004
Nate Robertson???Posted by Matthew Namee
Earlier today, Robert Dudek reported here the leaders in strikeout percentage for the AL and NL. Most of the lists included the guys you'd expect, but the very first name floored me -- heading into today, Tigers southpaw Nate Robertson led the entire American League in strikeout percentage, and by a decent margin.
He's pitching right now, shutting out Seattle through six innings. Robertson has only 3 strikeouts in those 6 frames, so his strikeout percentage will go down, but he's now got 52 strikeouts in 48 innings this season, which is damn good.
And yes, I know that Nate Robertson pitched for Wichita State. I can't help it -- when stuff's going on with the Shockers, I can't resist discussing it here.
Matthew Namee cofounded The Hardball Times in 2004, when he was working as the assistant to baseball author and Red Sox executive Bill James. Matthew still lives in Kansas, where he is currently pursuing a law degree. He can be reached at mfnamee [at] gmail [dot] com.