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First-Pitch Strikes: An Updated Look

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John Ely has pounded the strike zone with regularity so far this season.
John Ely has pounded the strike zone with regularity so far this season.

Back in the second week of the season, the Dodgers were struggling at throwing first pitch strikes, and were at the bottom of the league in first-pitch strike percentage.  Since then, the Dodgers have improved a great deal, and are now near the National League average.  Here's an updated look:

2010 National League First Pitch Thrown
Team Strikes Balls Balls in Play Strike %
Astros 1095 926 295 60.0%
Diamondbacks    
1155 952 269 59.9%
Cardinals 1095 913 267 59.9%
Phillies 1015 868 248 59.3%
Rockies 1079 909 243 59.3%
Marlins 1074 921 252 59.0%
Brewers 1153 994 253 58.6%
Cubs 1052 917 244 58.6%
Nationals 1076 967 289 58.5%
NL Average 1076 951 250 58.2%
Reds 1142 980 219 58.1%
Mets 1097 960 230 58.0%
Dodgers 1076 1001 257 57.1%
Padres 1042 939 206 57.1%
Braves 1030 966 227 56.5%
Giants 1012 962 222 56.2%
Pirates 1020 1035 283 55.7%

 

Here are the Dodgers' individual numbers on the first pitch.  It is no surprise that control maestro John Ely leads all Dodger starters in throwing first-pitch strikes:

2010 Dodgers First Pitch Thrown
Pitcher Strikes Balls Balls in Play Strike %
Miller 18 8 2 71.4%
Broxton 66 33 11 70.0%
Kuo 38 20 6 68.8%
Belisario 51 38 9 61.2%
Ely 98 79 26 61.1%
Billingsley 144 124 36 59.2%
Weaver 31 29 11 59.2%
Kuroda 143 138 46 57.8%
Ra.Ortiz 64 57 14 57.8%
Padilla 43 44 13 56.0%
Kershaw 164 147 21 55.7%
Link 8 9 3 55.0%
Sherrill 35 36 8 54.4%
Troncoso 49 52 12 54.0%
Monasterios     
66 76 21 53.4%
Haeger 46 75 9 42.3%
Schlichting 4 10 2 37.5%
Ru.Ortiz 8 22 5 37.1%
Elbert 0 4 2 33.3%
Totals 1076 1001 257 57.1%