This reminds me strongly of the piece from last week about the context for high strike rates. It was specifically adjusting Stephen Strasburg’s unprecedented K rate (for starters) to account for the more strikeout-heavy environment we have nowadays.
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — July 10, 2012 @ 3:11 pm
Yeah, man! I’ve been trying to tell everyone that ‘global cooling’ is occurring, but no one seems to listen to me. I mean, just look at the weather outside today. I would have a much easier job convincing everyone if all these people weren’t so stupid…
Former Giant pitching prospects traded away long-ago and seemingly forgotten are putting together a collection of nice comebacks. Obviously, Ryan Vogelsong (drafted in 1998 and traded in 2001 for Jason Schmidt) is at the top of the list. But Jason Grilli (drafted in 1997 and traded in 1999 for Livan Hernandez) is having a fantastic 2012 so far and Jerome Williams (drafted in 1999 and traded in 2005 for LaTroy Hawkins) has been a decent back-of-the-rotation guy for the past year-and-a-half.
He hasn’t exactly been out-of-the-limelight like the others, but Francisco Liriano (amateur FA in 2000 and traded in 2003 for AJ Pierzysnki) has a chance to be another Phoenix from San Francisco.
How does this compare to K rates for starting pitchers? I’m curious because I wonder how you would tease out a change in pitching talent vs. a change in hitting talent. That is, are today’s hitters more strikeout happy? (didn’t I see a post about this recently?)
Comment by Tim_the_Beaver — July 10, 2012 @ 3:41 pm
I believe there have been articles posted here on FG in the past year or two that essentially show that today’s hitters walk more, strike out more, and hit more home runs than hitters in previous eras. Basically, the three true outcomes are much more prevalent in today’s game than ever before. Feel free to correct me if I have this wrong, and I’ll try to dig up the links.
2008-2011 was 12-8 AL-NL (unless I’m mistaking a couple), and only 2012 is all NL. Maybe it’s just a fluke this year because I assume that relievers don’t face many pitchers in the NL (at least not as the same right as starters)