Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Power outage in 2014?


AB/HR

2006: 31.7
2007: 35.0
2008: 35.8
2009: 34.2
2010: 37.4
2011: 38.5
2012: 34.8
2013: 36.7
2014: 41.3

2013
April: 36.0
May: 35.9
June: 36.6
July: 43.1
August: 38.9
September: 40.6

2014
April: 42.0
May: 48.6

It is still early in the season, but the increase in the number of at bats it takes to hit a home run is very noticeable.  Not only is the overall rate up, but the numbers are worse in May than in April.  Since last June, 3 of the 4 complete months have been above 40 and May appears to be heading that way too.  If this is the new normal, it will be be a significant shift that will have a major impact on the way the game is played.

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