Friday, May 23, 2014

Strikeouts in 2014



# of teams with 7.5+ K/9 in May
2006: 3
2007: 1
2008: 6
2009: 7
2010: 8
2011: 7
2012: 14
2013: 13
2014: 16

After a monster April for strikeouts (7.93 K/9 in April 2014 vs. 7.68 in April of 2013), strikeouts have leveled off and are identical to May of 2013 (7.54).  The number of teams, though, that are maintaining a high rate is still going up.  The strikeout numbers might not shoot up as much as they have the last few years, but they are still mind-blowing when compared to just a few years ago.

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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