SI Players MLB Poll
[Based on a survey of 212 major league pitchers]
Which pitching statistic is most meaningful?
Earned Run Average.....33%
Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched.....18%
Inherited Runners Allowed to Score.....6%
Innings Pitched.....6%
Quality Starts.....4%
Games Pitched.....3%
Opponent Batting Average.....2%
Walks Allowed.....2%
Percent of First Batter Retired.....2%
Percent of Inherited Runners Scored.....1%
FAST FACTS: Padre Chris Young led the majors in ERA (1.93) and WHIP (0.99) through Sunday; the A's Dan Haren (above) had an AL-best 2.54 ERA .... While 46% of starters chose ERA, relievers' top choice was WHIP (23.5%)

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