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The Backwards K

Earlier this week, we were talking about called strikeouts, so I decided to look up the 2010 stats of the pitchers in Dodger camp, just to see how many strikeouts looking each pitcher had. Here are the numbers for each pitcher with at least 20 innings in 2010, ranked by percentage of their strikeouts looking.

2010 Strikeouts Looking
Pitcher IP Total K K/9 K Looking Looking %
Ted Lilly 193.2 166 7.71 70 42.2%
Jon Garland 200.0 136 6.12 49 36.0%
Vicente Padilla 95.0 84 7.98 27 32.1%
Chad Billingsley 191.2 171 8.03 51 29.8%
Clayton Kershaw 204.1 212 9.34 51 24.1%
John Ely 100.0 76 6.84 18 23.7%
Hiroki Kuroda 196.1 159 7.29 30 18.9%
Carlos Monasterios 88.1 52 5.30 9 17.3%
Pitcher IP Total K K/9 K Looking Looking %
Travis Schlichting 22.2 14 5.56 9 64.3%
Blake Hawksworth 90.1 61 6.08 17 27.9%
Ronald Belisario 55.1 38 6.18 10 26.3%
Matt Guerrier 71.0 42 5.32 11 26.2%
Kenley Jansen 27.0 41 13.67 8 19.5%
Hong-Chih Kuo 60.0 73 10.95 14 19.2%
Ramon Troncoso 54.0 34 5.67 6 17.6%
Lance Cormier 62.0 30 4.35 5 16.7%
Ron Mahay 34.0 25 6.62 4 16.0%
Jonathan Broxton 62.1 73 10.54 11 15.1%

Ted Lilly was the king of the backwards K in 2010, with 70 strikeouts looking. He had the second highest percentage of called strikeouts in the National League, behind Rodrigo Lopez (51%).

The Dodgers face the Angels for the second day in a row, this time in Glendale in the first game at Camelback Ranch for the Dodgers this spring.


Angels lineup per Bill Plunkettof the Orange County Register.

Angels   Dodgers
RF Willits SS Furcal
CF Trout 3B Blake
DH Callaspo RF Ethier
1B Trumbo CF Kemp
C Wilson 2B Uribe
3B Sandoval     
1B Loney
2B Amarista LF Thames
SS Romine DH Gimenez     
LF Pettit C Barajas

John Ely is starting on the mound for the Dodgers. Others scheduled to pitch are Blake Hawksworth, Mike MacDougal, Ramon Troncoso, Kenley Jansen, and Jon Link.

Scott Kazmir will start for the Angels, and be followed on the mound by Fernando Rodney, Francisco Rodriguez, Rich Thompson, and Trevor Reckling.


  • Jay Gibbons is out for the second straight day with the flu, per Ken Gurnick of
  • Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times outlines Don Mattingly's playing time plan for his regulars in the early part of spring training.
  • Karen Crouse of the New York Times caught up with Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen about their trip to Africa earlier this year.
  • The Dodgers will play the Diamondbacks in Tucson on March 25 to benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund. Tony Jackson of ESPN LA has the details.
  • Roberto Baly (and JJ24) made a trip out to Arizona yesterday, and chronicled his morning at Camelback Ranch on Vin Scully Is My Homeboy.
  • I may have missed it if the change happened earlier, but the slogan on is no longer "This is My Town." Now, the classic Vin Scully phrase "It's time for Dodger Baseball" adorns the front page.
  • Former Dodger bonus baby Greg Goossen, who was signed out of Notre Dame High School in 1964, the year before the first MLB draft, has died. The Los Angeles Times has more details.

Game Time: 12:05 p.m. PST

TV: Prime Ticket, MLB Network (Charley Steiner's broadcast on KABC 790 will be simulcast on TV)

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