The league averaged about 78.8% of called strikes within the PitchFX defined zone. While this may seem extremely low, many of the missed called strikes that contribute to this percentage are borderline strikes on the edges of the zone. Still, it is somewhat disconcerting that some pitchers are getting less that 75% of the calls within the zone.
Josh Outman has had it worse than any other pitcher this season, receiving only 66.7% of the calls within the strike zone.
Granted, Outman has only faced 254 batters in 2011, bouncing between starter and reliever for the A's towards the end of the season. Still, in nearly 50 of those 254 plate appearances, Outman has been the recipient of at least one missed strike call by the umpire.
We'll take a look at which pitchers in 2011 received the most called strikes out of the strike zone next....