Comments on: One Hit Or Less Games In A Season http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Neil http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038/comment-page-1#comment-45166 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 20:05:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8038#comment-45166 @34
Frank, ha-ha!

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One more game and we tie 1988! WHat's going on this year?

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By: Mike http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038/comment-page-1#comment-44806 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 19:55:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8038#comment-44806 Put it on the board, Yankees Sabathia, Albaladejo (9) 1 hit the A's today and won 5-0.

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By: Mike http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038/comment-page-1#comment-44794 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 19:27:51 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8038#comment-44794 Sabathia has allowed 1 hit to the A's over 8 inning right now...

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By: Frank Clingenpeel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038/comment-page-1#comment-44744 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 16:47:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8038#comment-44744 Grammer? That;s what I use to call my Pappy's Mama

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By: Whiz http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038/comment-page-1#comment-44741 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 16:37:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8038#comment-44741 Neil @26: It's English grammar and Kelsey Grammer 🙂

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By: Mike Felber http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038/comment-page-1#comment-44675 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 05:59:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8038#comment-44675 .301 for Yaz in '68, & that only through an end of season rally.

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By: WilsonC http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038/comment-page-1#comment-44605 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 19:30:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8038#comment-44605 I'm curious as to what the correlation is between the increasing K rate and the usage of relief pitchers. The growth of strikeout rates intuitively seems to correspond well with the increased use of one-inning relievers, and lefty/righty specialists. It makes sense that this would have an impact, since relievers dominate the list of K/9 every year if you set the innings limit lower.

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By: Steve http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038/comment-page-1#comment-44581 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 18:35:03 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8038#comment-44581 @27

I may be wrong (I probably am), but it seems like there's a more "who cares" attitude toward strikeouts. A couple of talking points:

Mark Reynolds, last year, struck out 223 times but seemed to get a mulligan because he hit 44 home runs. And I heard it on sports radio, too, so it wasn't just my imagination. Ryan Howard was flirting with 200 Ks a season but he also counts for a lot of HRs and RBIS and gets a fair share of walks, too. Ditto Adam Dunn. If I was to say "Man, I wish he'd cut down on his strikeouts and quit going for home runs," I'd be criticized as a stick-in-the-mud.

More than once, too, I encountered the following: runner on 1st and 2d, less than two out, and the batter strikes out. The announcer then said "Well, they stay out of the double play." If you're so intent about staying out of the double play, then don't put runners on base with less than two out! Also, I'm sure that there are numbers out there on GIDP and GIDP opportunities. My bet is that the GIDPs turned are about 10-15% of the opportunities. I think in that case it's worth the effort to put the bat on the ball.

And is it just me or do some batters, with two strikes, decide "if the ball leaves the pitcher's hand, I'm a-SWANGIN' at it!" Perhaps TV makes it all look easier than it is, but I see a ball that starts low, lands 3-4 inches outside, and the batter is trying a some sort of cricket forward sweep. I don't know what to call it: lack of discipline, wicked breaking ball, downright stupidity, but these guys are supposed to be the cream of the crop. I expect a little better performance.

Now, on the other side: I'd be curious to see when these strikeouts occur. A strikeout with nobody on base is the same as a lineout, groundout, flyout, popout, etc. (I think that covers it.) And, as well, a team is usually worth, at the very least, 4-5 strikeouts a game anyway - it's going to happen. Nature of the game and all. I certainly don't expect a team to whittle their strikeouts down to 2 a game, and I certainly hope that nobody goes to bat with the idea of "I'll just take my swings and sit down" (except for some pitchers, and they don't get more than 2-3 plate appearances a game anyway.) But if a team can give themselves a productive 250-300 at-bats over the course of a season, why not? What have they got to lose?

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By: Neil http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038/comment-page-1#comment-44561 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:35:44 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8038#comment-44561 @4 @9

Should have mentioned that this year's champions in low-hit losses, the Rays, also lead the AL in K's and are the only AL team in the top 8.

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By: Neil http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8038/comment-page-1#comment-44554 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 17:23:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8038#comment-44554 @10 @18 @27

John A, thank you for answering the question. I notice that you've only used the seasons on Steve's original list so we're missing '03 and '05 data from the recent decade. Nevertheless, the steady increase from 2002-2010 is unbroken.

It's not a rigorous statistical analysis, but at a glance it looks like number of low-hit games does correlate with the strikout rate, exactly as Birtel in @10 suggested. So two of the top four low-hit seasons since 1920 happened last year and this!

Nothing comes to mind immediately about the anomaly in 1977. Expansion probably would have rung a bell for me also but you've considered that.

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