As a team, the Clearwater Threshers have the best win-loss record in the Florida State League in the second half with a 42-22 record. Much of the reason is because the pitching staff has the lowest team WHIP in the FSL.
Last night was no exception as lefty David Parkinson pitched a six inning gem striking out nine, allowing only four hits and a walk. He gave up only a first inning run to go 3-0 in August.
The key stat on the pitching side was that Parkinson’s WHIP was under one per inning pitched last night. His WHIP is at o.90 in his 29 innings since his call-up from Lakewood back on August 2. The major league leader in WHIP is the Mets Jacob de Grom at 0.88. The Phillies Aaron Nola has a WHIP of 0.97.
The team’s WHIP has been one of the best in the FSL most of the season. On the other hand, the staff’s ERA is fifth in the league.
The Threshers staff has had a good bullpen. They have good set-up guys where they are second in the league in holds. Jacob Hernandez leads the team in holds with eight. They have one of best closers in Addy Russ. In the second half, he is 13 of 14 in save opportunities. As a staff they are second in the league in saves.
The Threshers are in the middle of pack in the 12-team league in most offensive categories. Read HERE.
In August the Threshers have gone 20-8. With five games to go, the Threshers magic number is two to clinch first place in the second half thanks in large part to the pitching staff’s WHIP.
Threshers pitching coach Aaron Fultz will be coaching the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League. It will be interesting to see which pitchers the Phillies assign to the AFL. Already top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez has been mentioned as one of the possible names to go into the desert. The AFL season starts October 9th.
In any event remember WHIP, “walks, hits per innings pitched”. Pitchers with low WHIPs are the ones to watch!