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Home Runs and Strikeouts Since 2000

Some pertinent league-wide hitting and pitching data since 2000:

Year AVG. OBP SLG SB Runs HR 30 HR 40 HR SO ERA 200 K
2013 0.253 0.318 0.396 2693 20255 4661 14 2 36710 3.87 12
2012 0.255 0.319 0.405 3229 21017 4934 27 6 36426 4.01 13
2011 0.255 0.321 0.399 3279 20808 4552 24 2 34488 3.94 14
2010 0.257 0.325 0.403 2959 21308 4613 18 2 34306 4.08 15
2009 0.262 0.333 0.418 2970 22419 5042 30 5 33591 4.32 10
2008 0.264 0.333 0.416 2799 22585 4878 28 2 32884 4.32 10
2007 0.268 0.336 0.423 2918 23322 4957 26 5 32189 4.47 8
2006 0.269 0.337 0.432 2767 23599 5386 34 11 31655 4.53 6
2005 0.264 0.33 0.419 2565 22325 5017 27 9 30644 4.29 8
2004 0.266 0.335 0.428 2589 23376 5451 37 9 31828 4.46 9
2003 0.264 0.333 0.422 2573 22987 5207 30 10 30801 4.4 7
2002 0.261 0.331 0.417 2750 22408 5059 28 8 31394 4.28 7
2001 0.264 0.332 0.427 3103 23199 5458 41 12 32404 4.42 10
2000 0.27 0.345 0.437 2924 24971 5693 47 16 31356 4.77 8

Comments

By: mgoodman_4
On: 2/7/2014 6:22:00 AM
Can we conclude from these findings that hitters are unable to hit homeruns due to the lack of performance enhancing drugs. Players who hit a higher propensity of homeruns generally get paid money money. Stronger throwing relief pitchers mixed with guys trying to smash balls out of the park have lead to more strike outs...agree?
 
By: Chris Liss
On: 2/7/2014 10:32:00 PM
I think PEDs have made hitters less consistently powerful, and maybe now guys are swinging harder to make up for it and whiffing more. Plus Ks are not as bad with the better defensive shifts making balls in play more likely to become outs. And the relief pitchers probably add to Ks too.
 
By: Jacobdk
On: 2/12/2014 9:03:00 AM
Homeruns per nine innings are still significantly higher than they were 25 years ago (.96 in 2013 vs. .73 in 1989), while strikeouts have gone up dramatically (and steadily!) since then (5.61/9 in 1989 to 7.55 in 2013), numbers that are unaffected by the PED era rise in homeruns and subsequent dip. It makes me try and come up with other combinations of theories, like an expanded strike zone (perhaps effected by the use of television K-zone graphics?) The chart above shows more starting pitchers with higher strikeout totals, but couldn't that easily be swayed by two or three pitchers amassing steady numbers (Kershaw, Verlander) and not be an indication of a trend? Maybe. You'd think that column would remain steady with the improved relief pitching (assuming that's real) and greater attention to pitch/innings count, even with league-wide strikeout totals undeniably on the rise.
 
By: Chris Liss
On: 2/12/2014 12:16:00 PM
Odd thing is randy Johnson, Pedro, schilling, smoltz, Clemens all had higher k seasons than any active player.
 
By: Chris Liss
On: 2/12/2014 12:17:00 PM
But wider k zone should hurt HR too, right?
 

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