Okay, so Voros McCracken largely broke the ground on how pitchers have little effect on their BABIP. Yet, when you go to FanGraphs.com, and look up someone’s BABIP graph, they have a “good” part and a “poor” part. That would infer that a pitcher does indeed control their BABIP. Am I reading into this wrongly? Also, I notice folks like Greg Maddux and Barry Zito seem to rise to the top like cream. They can’t just be the luckiest people in the world. What’s going on?
Also, does BABIP include HRs, or does “In Play” signify strictly in-field play?
Any help/clarification/sources would be appreciated.