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SportWatch this insane pitch, then try to keep blaming MLB hitters for all the strikeouts

18:45  30 may  2019
18:45  30 may  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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I thought that if hitters had been selling out for power, we might see a correlation with ISO, but The two strongest relationships with strikeout rate have been fastball velocity and percentage of You and many others here might find this be really enjoyable baseball to watch . At the same time a large

The prevalence of the strikeout is completely changing the way baseball is played. Don’t try to strike everybody out . Strikeouts are boring! It stands to reason that if you create a less steep path of the pitch that hitters will have an easier time squaring up the baseball . It would create two difficult months of whining and complaining, and then , like the anti-collision rule at home and the slide rule at

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MLB hitters have collectively struck out in 22.9% of their plate appearances entering play Thursday. If that rate holds, it will break a record set in 2018, which broke a record set in 2017, which broke a record set in 2016, which broke a record set in 2015, and so on for every season dating back to 2008.

There's a lot to it. Some of it, certainly, is that strikeouts became somewhat destigmatized for offensive players right around the same time they became more valued, paradoxically, for pitchers. But anyone insisting the problem with Major League Baseball is that all these hitters are selling out for power and abandoning the subtle art of slap hitting needs to watch this pitch Rays reliever Jose Alvarado threw on Thursday and explain exactly what Rowdy Tellez was supposed to do about it:

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How is that even possible? Alvarado's two-seamer was speeding down the freeway then realized it was about to miss its exit and took a sudden left turn across two lanes without signaling.

I can't take credit for this notion because I've seen it presented elsewhere, somewhere I can't find right now, but it has been theorized that the league-wide surge in strikeouts and the league-wide surge in home runs both relate to the outrageous things MLB pitchers can now make baseballs do. Big-league hitters will seldom cop to guessing on pitches, but it's probably the only way anyone's ever going to hit something like that. If Alvarado's triple-digit offering was a four-seamer instead of a two-seamer and stayed true on the inside corner, Tellez might have hit it to the moon.

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Tellez would go on to draw a walk in the plate appearance. All four Blue Jays that faced Alvarado reached base, allowing Toronto to tie the game, but the Rays would come back to win the game in the 11th, 4-3.

By ERA (and it's still a small sample, granted), Alvarado is currently the eighth best pitcher on the Tampa Bay Rays' staff. Baseball players are too good at baseball.

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