The great baseball site FanGraphs recently added some new statistics to its already extensive database. One which I will look at today is "F-Strike %". For batters, F-Strike % is how often the player gets behind 0-1 in the count, or puts the first pitch in play. For pitchers, it tells us how often the player gets ahead 0-1 in the count. Again, it counts a ball put into play on the first pitch thrown as a strike. Let's take a look at the F-Strike %'s for the Mets' pitching staff members who logged 30+ IP, as well as their BB/9:
With the exception of Nelson Figueroa, it appears there is a decent correlation between F-Strike % and BB/9. This demonstrates something we've all heard since Little League - the importance of throwing a first pitch strike. It's a pretty obvious concept, but I think it's interesting to see the statistics that support it.