Thomas McFeeley, Staff Writer June 20, 2013
At the end of May, in this column, I examined pitchers who have improved their K/9 rates by a notable margin. I found, however, that an increased K rate only accompanied a lower ERA in just over half of those pitchers.
Despite a dropping K rate, James Shields shouldn't look over his shoulder; he'll be fine. Photo credit: paulmgardner

Despite a dropping K rate, James Shields shouldn’t look over his shoulder; he’ll be fine. Photo credit: paulmgardner

I wanted to take a look at the opposite – arms who have decreased their K rate this year over last year. A falling command, I would think, would more directly result in a higher ERA. (We do know ERA overall is a poor measure of a pitcher’s performance, but it is obviously a main benchmark in Fantasy baseball.)

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