Comments on: The average number of pitches thrown per game is rising http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: purple http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533/comment-page-1#comment-33949 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 03:47:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7533#comment-33949 thanks #29 (ralphy)

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By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533/comment-page-1#comment-33754 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 03:46:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7533#comment-33754 JeffW - no reason to apologize. You were one of many. I found it funny.

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By: JeffW http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533/comment-page-1#comment-33736 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 01:15:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7533#comment-33736 Raphy,

Got it. Sorry I called you Ralphy last time.

Honest mistake.

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By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533/comment-page-1#comment-33716 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 22:15:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7533#comment-33716 @28 Very basic numbers can be found here: http://japaneseballplayers.com/en/player.php?id=matsuzaka
and here: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2669791

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By: purple http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533/comment-page-1#comment-33713 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 21:58:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7533#comment-33713 any idea how to look up diceks japanese numbers?

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By: JeffW http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533/comment-page-1#comment-33666 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 17:22:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7533#comment-33666 Pitchers may simply be wasting more pitches. I seem to see a lot of pitches so far out of the zone, as to make me wonder what's going on? Messing more with a hitter's patience (or lack of...).

One guy going the distance is going to try to conserve his pitches more. As we have advancd into the era of more and more relievers getting involved per game, this is less necessary.

This would also allow starters to make more blatant attempts at getting less-patient hitters to go fishing. Starters can throw more pitches early, because they know there is a long line of relievers ready to pick them up. It's assembly-line pitching, where it no longer matters who wins.

Relievers may also be throwing more pitches because they can work the zone more, given their short-stint status. There are no more Goose Gossage/Bruce Sutter/Rollie Fingers-type three-inning closers. Like the starters, they can work each hitter more.

Thus, the counts rise.

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By: Ken http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533/comment-page-1#comment-33640 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 11:26:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7533#comment-33640 25 years ago, walks and OBA were considered fringe stats. (And most figured a walk was something the pitcher did.) Today, OBA and walk rates are right at the centre when a hitter's skills are considered, even in the GM's office.

The BB rate has had some effect, but what struck me is how much the K/9 has jumped. From '88 to '10, the K rate increased from 5.69 to 7.23. Meanwhile, the BB went up just a bit, from 2.91 to 3.31. Since power is much more emphasized now, and the sting of the K has lessened, players are much less willing to go up there are simply make contact. More Ks and scoring --> higher total pitch counts.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533/comment-page-1#comment-33630 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 10:34:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7533#comment-33630 Well...firstly, this is not an article. It's just a post showing some of the data available on the site. Secondly, the graph above does not agree with your conclusion.

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By: Tellin_It_Like_It_Is http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533/comment-page-1#comment-33594 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 07:03:15 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7533#comment-33594 No offense, but this article is about 10-15 years too late. Since 1994, the pitch count hasn't moved much. This article would have meant something in the mid to late 90s but comparing 2010 to 1988 and focusing on the drastic change, most all of which occurred by 1994, is pretty lame.

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By: Proof: Starting Pitchers Are Wimps These Days | Boston Red Sox Shop http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7533/comment-page-1#comment-33553 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 02:20:57 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7533#comment-33553 [...] pitchers simply do not last as long as they used to 20+ years [...]

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