Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Hey, Batter, Batter, Batter
New York Times - "Many Strikeouts, Fewer Runs as Pitchers Take Control"
"Teams this season averaged 0.86 home runs per game, the lowest rate since 1992. They averaged 4.07 runs per game this season, the lowest since the strike-shortened season of 1981. The overall batting average (.251) and on-base percentage (.314) were the lowest since 1972, the year before the designated hitter was introduced. And teams struck out an average of 7.7 times per game, the highest rate in the game’s history.
In Major League Baseball, pitchers are dominating hitters in ways not seen in at least 20 years — and, by some standards, ever."