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Command rates revisited

Cahill, Hanson, Weaver improving; Lackey, Kazmir, Santana regressing

Updated: July 21, 2010, 2:20 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Comparable to plate discipline for hitters, command is a pitching trait that shouldn't go unnoticed.

We've discussed pitchers' command rates in this space many times before, including the May 12 revisiting of my preseason "Kings of Command," which attempted to identify pitching bargains by performances in the command categories: strikeout rate (K's per nine innings), walk rate (walks per nine innings) and strikeouts per walk. But it's actually a pitcher's improvement in these departments ...

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