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Holy crap - MLB batting average is .230 this year


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4 hours ago, Brandon said:

So the biggest reason for batters sucking is because there are no fans?

Did you read the article? It takes forever for them to get to it but the only sound theory was that defenses were statistically making more plays in the field on the same exit velocities probably because the lack of crowds makes it easier to pick up the ball and communicate with your teammates. There is probably something else going on as well.

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3 hours ago, AngelsLakersFan said:

Did you read the article? It takes forever for them to get to it but the only sound theory was that defenses were statistically making more plays in the field on the same exit velocities probably because the lack of crowds makes it easier to pick up the ball and communicate with your teammates. There is probably something else going on as well.

I honestly think the biggest factor at play here, and I know it’s something that has been discussed before on here, is that the players just haven’t had the time to adjust yet. I’d like to see offensive stats in August of this season vs. September.

I know Joey Votto, who’s accumulated a -.1 WAR this season, has gone on record in the past saying how methodical his spring training routine is and how many pitches he needs to see in order to be ready for the season. There’s a lot of other big time performers out there like Rendon and Yelich who definitely look to be out of touch so far this season and still in the warm up phase.

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3 hours ago, Randy Gradishar said:

And even that seems dubious, since it's not like you see that many balls misplayed by outfielders when there are fans.

But it makes more sense than any other explanation; the fact that BABIP is down on balls with the same EV and LA is just bizarre.

Well it doesn't take a misplay, just a slower jump or awkward route that causes a fielder to not make a play.

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I read that free throw percentage in basketball, penalty goal pct In soccer has gone up as well. It might be reasonable to say that reduced distraction gives an advantage to pitchers too, as it is another set position which allows control over everything else.

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What’s weird though is that the team ERAs are not much different so far.   Only one AL team has a sub 3.50 ERA (Indians).

Explanation may be that while hits are down, walks are up.   Several teams average 4.00+ BBs per game, which seldom happened for any team in recent years.

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4 hours ago, Angel Oracle said:

What’s weird though is that the team ERAs are not much different so far.   Only one AL team has a sub 3.50 ERA (Indians).

Explanation may be that while hits are down, walks are up.   Several teams average 4.00+ BBs per game, which seldom happened for any team in recent years.

Launch angle and HRs....

Also, the batting average data was probably compiled before Teheran started pitching this year.

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