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Friday, October 26, 2018

Hank Aaron on the increase in strikeouts in MLB: ‘It’s embarrassing’

Former home run king Hank Aaron offered his opinion on the increase in strikeouts around Major League Baseball. Let’s just say it wasn’t a sparkling defense of players willingly sacrificing consistent contact for added power numbers.

The Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves legend was on hand before Game 3 of the World Series to present the prestigious award named in his honor, which recognizes the best hitter in each league as voted by the fans and media. This year the award went to J.D. Martinez of the Boston Red Sox and Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers. Together, Martinez and Yelich hit a combined 79 home runs this season, while striking out a combined 281 times.

The latter number is the sign of the times. MLB saw strikeout numbers rise for the 11th straight season. Though he didn’t address Martinez and Yelich’s numbers directly, Aaron had a succinct two-word response when asked about the league-wide strikeout increase.

Fits a long-running pattern of commentary by former players, I admit, but still something that those of us with a historical bent have an interest in documenting.

 

QLE Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:42 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: hank aaron, strikeouts

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Whiff of offense: Ks top hits, lowest average since ’72

NEW YORK (AP) — The most-heard sound at major league ballparks this year was “Strike three!”

A whiff of offense would be nice rather than all those nights filled with nonstop whiffs.

Strikeouts are likely to exceed hits over a full season for the first time in major league history. The overall batting average has dropped to its lowest level since 1972, the year before the designated hitter. Lefty hitters — facing smothering defensive shifts — have fared even worse, with their lowest average since 1968, before the pitcher’s mound was lowered.

The arguments as for the causes of this and any ways to solve it (or, for that matter, if it needs to be solved) continued long into the night.

QLE Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: batting average, hitting, strikeouts

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Max Scherzer is 17th pitcher since 1900 to strike out 300 in season

WASHINGTON—Chalk up another milestone for Max Scherzer.

The Washington Nationals ace recorded his 300th strikeout of the season Tuesday night. The landmark whiff came in the top of the seventh inning, when Scherzer got Miami Marlins rookie Austin Dean swinging on a 3-2 slider for the second out.

Prior to ringing up Dean on the 10th pitch of the at-bat, Scherzer threw four consecutive fastballs, each of which the Miami left fielder fouled off. After every offering, the boisterous fans at Nationals Park, which included Scherzer’s wife, Erica, grew louder, chanting, “Let’s go, Max!” When Dean finally struck out, Scherzer smacked his glove in excitement and waved as the crowd of 26,483 gave him a prolonged standing ovation.

The other sixteen, for those curious:

Vida Blue- 1971
Steve Carlton- 1972
Bob Feller- 1946
Randy Johnson- 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Walter Johnson- 1910, 1912
Clayton Kershaw- 2015
Sandy Koufax- 1963, 1965, 1966
Mickey Lolich- 1971
Pedro Martinez- 1997, 1999
Sam McDowell- 1965, 1970
J. R. Richard- 1978, 1979
Nolan Ryan- 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1989
Chris Sale- 2017
Curt Schilling- 1997, 1998, 2002
Mike Scott- 1986
Rube Waddell- 1903, 1904

QLE Posted: September 26, 2018 at 01:09 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: max scherzer, strikeouts

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Mike Clevinger joins 200-K club; Cleveland Indians only team with four 200-strikeout pitchers

CLEVELAND, Ohio—Mike Clevinger, on a night when home plate was apparently jumping around, joined the 200-strikeout club to make the Indians the only team in history to have four pitchers with 200 or more strikeouts in one season.

Clevinger reached 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career when Boston center fielder Jack Bradley Jr. was called out on strikes for the second out in the second inning.

In the first two innings, Clevinger threw 47 pitches. He had three walks, four strikeouts and one hit batsman. The Red Sox put the ball in place twice.

Just in time for Terry Francona to either forget to use them or to horribly misuse them in the playoffs!

QLE Posted: September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, corey kluber, indians, mike clevinger, strikeouts, trevor bauer

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Baseball on pace for lowest batting average since 1972

Let the bickering about what this means begin!

The batting average for the major leagues is on track for its lowest finish in nearly a half-century.

This comes despite slightly more robust offense of late — hits topping strikeouts the past two months.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were 7,134 hits and 6,818 strikeouts in August. That left the season totals at 34,350 hits and 34,103 strikeouts, the first time this season hits led at the end of a full month.

QLE Posted: September 04, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: batting average, strikeouts

 

 

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