Posted by Andy on September 2, 2011
It ain't rocket science.
Here are the top 5 teams in MLB this year in terms of pitches seen per plate appearance:
The full list for all 30 teams is here.
On top of that, guess who the top 2 AL teams are for plate appearances per game? Boston is #1 with 39.49 and New York (A) is #2 at 39.02. Across all of MLB, Cincinnati edges the Yankees slightly at 39.06 and the ML average is 38.16.
So that's more plate appearances per game AND more pitches per plate appearances. You do the math. When the two top teams in these categories get together, it makes for a long game.
Incidentally, the Pirates and Twins, while they see a lot of pitches per PA, are at the bottom of MLB in terms of PA per game. The Twins are way down there at just 37.04. And the Reds get a lot of plate appearances but only see 3.78 pitches per PA, below average.