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September 28, 2012

BP Unfiltered

The Week of Setting Strikeout Records

by Ben Lindbergh

A collection of headlines from the past week:

Rays pitchers break AL record for strikeouts9/21

Pirates pitching staff sets club strikeouts record9/25

20 Strikeouts! Zack Greinke, Angels tie MLB records vs. Mariners9/26

A's hitters set AL strikeout record9/26

Doug Fister sets AL record with nine straight strikeouts9/27

Don't know about you, but I'm sensing some sort of pattern here.

Not only is the major-league average strikeout rate of 7.6 per nine innings this season the highest ever, but the increase of 0.5 K/9 since last season, should it hold up over the final week, would be the largest single-season uptick since 1986.

Note: Sam Miller and I discussed the significance of the strikeout surge on today's episode of Effectively Wild. To avoid having to hear us talk about other topics, skip straight to the strikeout stuff at the 9:30 mark. 

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