Jim Barnes Journal
© James A.Barnes 2019
Runners are crossing home plate at a steady increase since 2013, a reasonable explanation is the growing number of walks and home runs. As the graph shows the average runs per team has increased from 4.0 in 2013 to 4.8 so far this season. Pitchers were allowing an average of 2.92 bases on balls seven years ago, currently issuing 3.2 in 2019. The change in other categories, such as singles, doubles and triples has not changed enough to be recognized as a factor. The average team, as this period began, hit an average of .89 home runs per game, dwarfed by this season as 1.4 are ending up in the bleachers. This is making baseball totals climb higher each year since 2013. One player has described it as the year of “Strikeouts and Home Runs.” He is not far off, strikeouts occurr in every 4.5 at bat in 2013, jumping up to every 3.8 trips to the plate this summer. Each year the number of starters that average more than nine strikeouts for every nine innings pitched has been climbing, so far in 2019 no less than 25 are listed. Only two are above 13+ Ks per nine - Houston’s Gerrit Cole and the Red Sox’ Chris Sale. (This morning Boston says Sale is probably done for the season, but surgery is not anticipated.) Houston’s Justin Verlander has the most Ks (228), averaging 12.1 per nine innings. Cleveland pitcher Carlos Carrasco’s leukemia is under control, a 97-mile an hour fast ball thrown in his first minor league rehab debut. His disease was discovered in early June. The Astros’ bats are certainly making it easier for hurlers. Last night Houston hit a 2019 best six home runs in a 10-2 walk over Seattle. Losing pitcher Yusei Kikuchi has not won in his last six starts and Mariner fans are extremely dissatisfied with all the money spent to entice the Japanese All-Star to join MLB. The Mets’ seven game win streak was snapped by Pittsburgh 8-4, entering the contest with one win in 11 contests. Dodgers’ prized rookie Dustin May was so-so during last night’s 5-2 loss versus San Diego. May lasted six innings, allowing nine hits and four runs. He struck only three Padres. No plays in WNBA again last night. A team must have at least a “five point overlay” before consideration is made. The lasl time the ODI has had the minimum overlay was back on August 16 when Chicago qualifed, and covered in a win against Los Angeles. WNBA required overlays are 33-22 or 60% for the season.
Wednesday, August 21
Jim Barnes Journal
© James A. Barnes 2019
Runners are crossing home plate at a steady increase since 2013, a reasonable explanation is the growing number of walks and home runs. As the graph shows the average runs per team has increased from 4.0 in 2013 to 4.8 so far this season. Pitchers were allowing an average of 2.92 bases on balls seven years ago, currently issuing 3.2 in 2019. The change in other categories, such as singles, doubles and triples has not changed enough to be recognized as a factor. The average team, as this period began, hit an average of .89 home runs per game, dwarfed by this season as 1.4 are ending up in the bleachers. This is making baseball totals climb higher each year since 2013. One player has described it as the year of “Strikeouts and Home Runs.” He is not far off, strikeouts occurr in every 4.5 at bat in 2013, jumping up to every 3.8 trips to the plate this summer. Each year the number of starters that average more than nine strikeouts for every nine innings pitched has been climbing, so far in 2019 no less than 25 are listed. Only two are above 13+ Ks per nine - Houston’s Gerrit Cole and the Red Sox’ Chris Sale. (This morning Boston says Sale is probably done for the season, but surgery is not anticipated.) Houston’s Justin Verlander has the most Ks (228), averaging 12.1 per nine innings. Cleveland pitcher Carlos Carrasco’s leukemia is under control, a 97-mile an hour fast ball thrown in his first minor league rehab debut. His disease was discovered in early June. The Astros’ bats are certainly making it easier for hurlers. Last night Houston hit a 2019 best six home runs in a 10-2 walk over Seattle. Losing pitcher Yusei Kikuchi has not won in his last six starts and Mariner fans are extremely dissatisfied with all the money spent to entice the Japanese All-Star to join MLB. The Mets’ seven game win streak was snapped by Pittsburgh 8-4, entering the contest with one win in 11 contests. Dodgers’ prized rookie Dustin May was so-so during last night’s 5-2 loss versus