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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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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.

Don’t try to strike everybody out . Strikeouts are boring! It would create two difficult months of whining and complaining, and then , like the anti-collision rule at Former MLB pitcher C.J. Nitkowski explains why the league needs fewer strikeouts to help make baseball become more fun to watch .

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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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Watch MLB .TV MLB .TV Gift Giving Buy MLB .TV Gift Cards MLB .TV Supported Devices MLB .TV Ryan came to strike you out . Period. Every game, every inning, every hitter for 25 seasons, Ryan These are the side-effects of going for the strikeout every single time. And then there's the big side Ryan just kept coming, 150 pitches a night, 200 pitches a night, all of them insane fastballs and

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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After chucking a knee-buckler in the zone for strike one, Ohtani made Iglesias wave at a pair of sliders that gradually drifted farther out of the zone. Don't worry, though -- having such amazing strikeout pitches hasn't stopped Ohtani from being grateful for his defense behind him when he needs help

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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