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Are we headed for another 1968 like pitching year soon in MLB?


Angel Oracle

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1968 was the greatest pitching season since the dead ball era in the 1910s. 

The A'ths led the AL with a measly .240 BA.

Carl Yastremski led the AL with a measly .301 BA.

The Reds led MLB with just 690 runs.   The Tigers led the AL with just 671 runs. 

Bob Gibson had a 1.12 ERA, the lowest since iirc the 1900s.

13 of the 20 MLB teams had a sub 3.00 ERA.

 

The next season saw the mound lowered, 4 new MLB teams (Pilots/Brewers, Royals, Padres, and Expos), and an offense revival.

ELEVEN teams scored more runs than the MLB leader scored the year before. 

Only THREE teams out of 24 teams had a sub 3.00 ERA.  

 

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1968.shtml

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1969.shtml

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The irony is that despite the offense downturn, games are longer than ever in time duration. 

 

Even just 5 years ago, the MLB leader in runs scored 915 runs and TWELVE teams equaled or scored more runs than the MLB leader scored in 2014 (Halos with 773). 

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The irony is that despite the offense downturn, games are longer than ever in time duration.

Even just 5 years ago, the MLB leader in runs scored 915 runs and TWELVE teams equaled or scored more runs than the MLB leader scored in 2014 (Halos with 773).

5 years ago the last of the juicers were wrapping things up. 2009 was like the final warning shot to the players union. "Sorry guys, it was fun while it lasted and we made tons of money but now we have to stop".

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I am pretty sure a lot of the attribution for lower scoring is the quest tec/enlarged lower strike zone.

uniform enforcement of the strike zone (particularly no more generous inside/outside calls given to veteran pitchers) without bring back more offense without needing to mess around with mound heights or rule changes. 

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1968 was the greatest pitching season since the dead ball era in the 1910s.

The A'ths led the AL with a measly .240 BA.

Carl Yastremski led the AL with a measly .301 BA.

The Reds led MLB with just 690 runs. The Tigers led the AL with just 671 runs.

Bob Gibson had a 1.12 ERA, the lowest since iirc the 1900s.

13 of the 20 MLB teams had a sub 3.00 ERA.

The next season saw the mound lowered, 4 new MLB teams (Pilots/Brewers, Royals, Padres, and Expos), and an offense revival.

ELEVEN teams scored more runs than the MLB leader scored the year before.

Only THREE teams out of 24 teams had a sub 3.00 ERA.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1968.shtml

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1969.shtml

mmph,,, *snort* huh?
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I personally prefer a balance of good pitching, good defense, and timely hitting with just enough power hitting mixed in.

An ideal game for me would be a 4-3 or 5-4 game that lasted about 2:45 in duration.

I'm not adverse to the 1-0 or 2-1 game, just don't want them being a regular thing, like in 1968.

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