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First-Strike Capability

July 02, 2001

Best and worst pitchers at throwing first-pitch strikes (minimum of 10 starts; through June 27):

BEST

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Pitcher, Club BFP ST Pct. Rick Reed, N.Y. Mets 437 316 .723 Curt Schilling, Arizona 516 365 .707 Brad Radke, Minnesota 468 329 .703 Javier Vazquez, Montreal 458 313 .683 Kevin Brown, Dodgers 286 193 .675

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WORST

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Pitcher, Club BFP ST Pct. Blake Stein, Kansas City 281 145 .516 A.J. Burnett, Florida 284 146 .514 Chuck Smith, Florida 261 134 .513 Dan Reichert, Kansas City 403 204 .506 Britt Reames, Montreal 277 223 .444

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BFP--Batters faced; ST--Strikes; Pct.--Percentage of first pitches that were strikes.

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