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The strikeout rate is still rising, and strikeout records are dropping like flies.

A collection of headlines from the past week:

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What would the standings look like if the only wins that counted were the ones in one-run games?

On Monday, reader "Kreylix" left this comment:

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September 23, 2010 8:00 am

Checking the Numbers: Setting the Records Straight

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Eric Seidman

Contextualizing when a record occurred does not cheapen the feat, but instead magnifies it.

A few weeks ago, Bob Hertzel wrote a thought-provoking column here at Baseball Prospectus that sought to identify baseball records that would never be broken. The thesis seemed to be that many records may feel out of reach, yet those same records were thought to be impossible to break when they were originally achieved. My friends and I participate in the same type of discussion on occasion when we go out to watch games, and it is one of the most interesting topics to bring up in a crowd of baseball nuts. Not only will strong opinions emerge, but there are usually oddball records that surface over which to ponder. For instance, did you know that Ty Cobb has the AL record with nine inside-the-park home runs in the 1909 season? Or that Eddie Murray has the record for most sacrifice flies in a career with 128? Or how about that Bob Shaw was called for a record five balks on May 4, 1963? With so many stats, records are bountiful, and it is always fun to reflect.

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October 2, 2008 1:46 pm

Prospectus Hit and Run: Predictive Power

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Jay Jaffe

Penning a recipe for post-season success.

If you've been following this space recently, you know I've been focused on teams that overachieve or underachieve relative to their projected records. I've particularly had my eye on the Angels, who wound up setting a record by exceeding their third-order Pythagenpat projection-that is, their projected record after adjusting for run elements, park, league, and quality of competition-by a staggering 16 games, 3.4 more than any other team since 1900. That they're squaring off in the first round against the Red Sox, who fell short of their projected record by an MLB-high 7.1 games raises the question: does this mean anything?

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This week's question comes from Chuck Valenches, who writes: I am the broadcaster for the Pirates' Triple-A club, the Nashville Sounds. We do a promotion where fans are encouraged to write in and "Ask the Sounds".... One question we received we cannot find an answer for. Q. Has there ever been a game in which both teams scored at least one run in every inning, and when was the last time it happened?

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This week's question comes from Chuck Valenches, who writes: I am the broadcaster for the Pirates' Triple-A club, the Nashville Sounds. We do a promotion where fans are encouraged to write in and "Ask the Sounds".... One question we received we cannot find an answer for. Q. Has there ever been a game in which both teams scored at least one run in every inning, and when was the last time it happened?

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