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Friday, April 05, 2019

Chris Davis is hitless with 11 strikeouts in 21 plate appearances to start the season

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis could not have started the 2019 season off worse. After an 0-for-3 performance on Thursday afternoon against the Yankees, which included three strikeouts, manager Brandon Hyde opted to pinch-hit for him with Hanser Alberto in the eighth inning against lefty Zack Britton. Alberto singled to put runners on first and second, but the Orioles couldn’t capitalize.

Davis remains hitless on the season in 21 trips to the plate. He has whiffed in 11 of those plate appearances. On the bright side, he has drawn four walks. Davis also started last season slowly, going hitless in his first 17 plate appearances before registering his first hit, a single, in the Orioles’ fourth game.

The major league record for consecutive games without a hit to begin the season by a non-pitcher is 23 by Eugenio Velez in 2011 with the Dodgers. So, Davis has a long way to go.

When we said we were hoping he’s surpass his 2018 performance, this wasn’t what we meant.

 

QLE Posted: April 05, 2019 at 03:34 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: chris davis, plate discipline, strikeouts

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MLB concerned at number of strikeouts, says Torre

TOKYO (Reuters) - Major League Baseball is concerned at strikeouts surpassing the number of hits and needs more balls in play to arrest the dip in popularity, the league’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre said on Wednesday.

Last season was the first in the league’s history to feature more strikeouts than hits, leading to calls for changes to increase interest.

Average attendance for regular season games in 2018 fell four percent from the previous year to 28,830 per game, according to MLB, while the total number of fans who showed up at the ballpark fell below 70 million for the first time since 2003.

So, do you have a solution for fixing this, Joe, or are you like Manfred?

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 113 comment(s)
  Beats: joe torre, mlb, strikeouts

Thursday, February 14, 2019

CC Sabathia has chance to bolster Hall of Fame case before retiring after 2019 season

New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is expected to announce on Saturday that the upcoming season will be his last, but he still has plenty on the line in 2019.

Not only are the Yankees odds-on favorite to win the World Series, but on the cusp of 3,000 career strikeouts, Sabathia has a chance to pad his resume for a chance at induction into the Hall of Fame.

Baseball is a game of numbers, and boy do people love round numbers. While he won’t have a chance at 300 wins – unless he somehow wins 54 games in relief or reverses course and plays several more years – 3,000 strikeouts is a notable milestone. At 2,986 career punch-outs, he should reach that mark in two to three starts and could pass several legends by season’s end.

Notes on a pitcher on his way out.

 

QLE Posted: February 14, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, retirement tour, strikeouts

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

 

 

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