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05-16

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Assume the Ball Isn't Juiced ...
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Russell A. Carleton

05-15

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The Buyer's Guide: Nate Karns
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Eric Roseberry

05-08

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Rubbing Mud: Ryan Schimpf and Ernesto Frieri Walk Into a Coal Mine
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Matthew Trueblood

04-20

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4

Circle Change: Pico de Gallo?
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Zach Crizer

04-14

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Fantasy Freestyle: Three Surprising Strikeout Surgers
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Matt Collins

04-14

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Free Agent Watch: Week 2
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George Bissell

04-13

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10

Flu-Like Symptoms: The Scary Consequence of the Strikeout Scourge
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Rob Mains

04-10

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The Buyer's Guide: Mark Reynolds
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Eric Roseberry

02-27

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Cold Takes: How to Kill the Strikeout
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Patrick Dubuque

12-08

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: A Deeper Dive
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Scooter Hotz

12-07

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Strikeouts
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Matt Collins

12-06

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The Landscape: Strikeouts
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George Bissell

12-14

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6

Rubbing Mud: Sano's Strikeouts
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Matthew Trueblood

11-16

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: A Deeper Dive
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J.P. Breen

11-13

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: Over/Underachievers
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Wilson Karaman

11-12

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Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: The General Landscape
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Greg Wellemeyer

10-26

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Rubbing Mud: The Contact Play
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Matthew Trueblood

07-06

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What You Need to Know: July 6, 2015
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Ian Frazer

07-01

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What You Need to Know: July 1, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

03-23

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21

The Darkhorses: Wins and Strikeouts
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BP Fantasy Staff

12-03

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Relief Help
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Keith Cromer

09-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Streaming Strikeouts
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J.P. Breen

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014
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Jason Wojciechowski

07-23

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Fantasy Freestyle: Useful Non-Closer Relievers
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J.P. Breen

06-11

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Overthinking It: The OTHER Way We Could Move the Mound
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Ben Lindbergh

04-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 431: The Rising Strikeout Rate Symposium
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Ben Lindbergh

03-27

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The Darkhorses: Strikeouts
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BP Fantasy Staff

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two Recap: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5
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Zachary Levine

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
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Zachary Levine

07-05

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Overthinking It: Getting to Know the New Insane Strikeout Rate Relievers
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Ben Lindbergh

06-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 233: Munenori Kawasaki and Clubhouse Chemistry/The Tigers, Strikeouts, and Defense
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-20

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Pebble Hunting: Extreme Strikeout Matchups
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Sam Miller

04-23

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Fantasy Beat: Hisashi Iwakuma and Better Stats
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Paul Sporer

02-21

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Skewed Left: Arizona's Extreme Strikeout Makeover
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Zachary Levine

01-15

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Overthinking It: Have the Twins Learned to Love the Strikeout?
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 52: Oakland's All-Rookie Rotation/Baseball's Ever-Rising Strikeout Rate
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-28

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BP Unfiltered: The Week of Setting Strikeout Records
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Ben Lindbergh

09-27

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BP Unfiltered: Jeff Ballard Award
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Geoff Young

09-21

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Raising Aces: Four of a Kind: High-K Closers
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Doug Thorburn

08-31

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Pitches Thrown This Week (Yu Darvish Edition)
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Sam Miller

08-23

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BP Unfiltered: Double Double, Arms in Trouble
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Geoff Young

08-14

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9

Overthinking It: Anthony Gose is Not Ready Right Now
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Ben Lindbergh

07-06

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Overthinking It: A Prospect Named Shaq, a Streak of 16 Strikeouts, and the Pain of Playing Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh

06-05

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Overthinking It: Derek Lowe's Deadball Era
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Ben Lindbergh

05-23

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Overthinking It: Gio Gonzalez and Max Scherzer are Striking Out Everyone
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Ben Lindbergh

04-12

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Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 11
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Kevin Goldstein

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
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Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

01-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: Money Poorly Spent, Now and Then
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John Perrotto

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
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Jonathan Bernhardt

09-30

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Fantasy Beat: Interview with Tout Wars NL Champ Steve Gardner
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Jason Collette

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Sit Fastball. Swing Hard. Strikeouts Don't Matter.

Let’s begin by assuming that the ball isn’t juiced. Over the past two years, we’ve seen a rather obvious spike in the home run rate, such that suddenly Ryan Schimpf and Yonder Alonso are getting mentions in articles about home runs. In 2014, runs scored per game (4.07) had dipped to their lowest rate since 1980, and the game, according to people who watch it for a living, had become un-watchable.

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May 15, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Nate Karns

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Eric Roseberry

Karns is striking out more and walking fewer than ever for the Royals. Is it time to pick him up?

The Buyer’s Guide is a weekly column designed to help fantasy owners assess a player who sees an increased level of interest during a given week. This column focuses on players who generally have lower than 40 percent ownership rates across various leagues.

Every fantasy roster could always use another quality starting pitcher. Injuries already have taken their toll on several starters, and the frequency with which teams are using the 10-day disabled list has left fantasy owners scrambling. As you look to fill out your rotation for the coming week, is it possible that Nate Karns is now worthy of your attention?

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Ryan Schimpf has 28 homers in 366 at-bats and barely anyone has noticed, maybe because the ball is juiced everywhere.

Ryan Schimpf hit a home run against Clayton Kershaw this weekend. A 28-year-old rookie last year, the Padres infielder has now cracked 28 bombs (and 51 total extra-base hits) in under 450 career plate appearances. He’s drawn 62 walks and struck out 141 times in that short period. He’s an adequate fielder, so although all he really has at the plate is a powerful uppercut swing and the willingness to reserve it for pitches he can hit, he’s been worth an impressive 3.9 WARP.

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You can learn a lot in line at Chipotle, but the Joey Gallo question is a little tougher.

Along an arterial road in the Dallas-Fort Worth sprawl, a hulking 6-foot-5 man in a black v-neck t-shirt simply seeks a burrito. At the local Chipotle, he finds a line of a half-dozen already formed, and silently takes his place behind a much more modestly built man of similar age.

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April 14, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Three Surprising Strikeout Surgers

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Matt Collins

Where did these whiffers come from?

J.A. Happ

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April 14, 2017 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 2

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George Bissell

Grab Asbrubal Cabrera and Michael Lorenzen while you still can. And how about the Ryan Zimmerman revival?

12-Team Mixed Leagues (Must be available in at least 50 percent of ESPN, Yahoo, and CBS leagues)

Hitters

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How strikeouts put batters in harm's way.

In Monday’s Giants home opener, Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker hit Buster Posey in the head with a pitch in the first inning, forcing him from the game. Posey has been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

I’m not going to link to the pitch here. You can find it easily enough if you want to watch it. I don’t, because I find these plays terrifying. They speak to a concern of mine: That baseball is heading toward another Ray Chapman moment, or something close, and I don’t know what can be done to prevent it.

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April 10, 2017 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Mark Reynolds

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Eric Roseberry

He's getting playing time with the Rockies because of Ian Desmond's injury, and some of the early statistical indicators are encouraging, but what should fantasy owners do in the short- and long-term regarding the free-swinging slugger?

Few players had a better opening week than Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds. He has started the season by going 9 for 22 with three home runs, four runs scored, and eight RBIs. His early production caught the eye of fantasy owners who made him one of the most-added players of the past week. Reynolds’ ownership percentage has gone from 4 percent to 41 percent in CBS leagues. He experienced a similar spike in ESPN leagues, where he went from 1.5 percent owned to 41.6 percent owned. Reynolds was the second-most added player on Yahoo this week, checking in behind only Kendall Graveman. In 60 percent of leagues, there’s still a chance you could add Reynolds to your roster. The obvious question is: Should you?

We’ll start by looking at the good and the bad when it comes to Reynolds. At the close of the article, a suggested decision will be offered (buy, sell or hold). Is Reynolds a viable fantasy option moving forward?

The Good

At this point owners, are only dealing with a week’s worth of data. It’s an incredibly small sample, and it’s impossible to spot any long-lasting trends yet. But if there is one positive sign to be optimistic about, it might be Reynolds’ strikeout rate.

For his career, Reynolds has a whiff rate of 31 percent. He’s never finished a season with a strikeout rate under 25 percent. However, he did take a positive step forward a season ago by dropping it to a career low 25.4 percent. So far in 2017, Reynolds’ whiff rate is 16.7 percent. If there was any real change to his approach this past season, it looks like those gains might hold this year.

Reynolds also has shown the ability in the past to provide major power production. From 2009-2012, he had three straight seasons hitting at least 32 homers, and he clubbed a career-high 44 in 2009. It’s been a number of years since he’s looked like that type of player, and it’s safe to assume that, at his current age, his power production will be diminished.

The move to Coors Field seemed to provide Reynolds with a bump in a couple of categories in which he’s typically struggled. His batting average was a career-high .282 a season ago, and his .356 OBP was noticeably higher than his .327 career mark. Somewhat surprisingly, he didn’t see much of a bump in power production at the same time.

The Bad

The obvious issue with Reynolds is that he could quickly be out of a job. Ian Desmond was supposed to be the starting first baseman in Colorado this season, but he’s been out since mid-March with a broken hand. Publicly, the team has said that Desmond should only be out four-to-six weeks, and it sounds as if he’s progressing on schedule. Desmond could be back in Colorado’s lineup in a matter of weeks. Even with a hot start, that would leave Reynolds without a regular spot in the Rockies lineup. The team has much more incentive to play Desmond, who they signed to a 5-year, $70 million deal this offseason, than Reynolds (1-year, $1.5 million). There really is nowhere else they can play Reynolds defensively (unless you wanted to put him in the outfield, but my guess is you don’t).

Reynolds’ track record should also give fantasy owners plenty of caution when assessing this recent outburst. He hasn’t hit 20 home runs since 2014, and the highest batting average he tallied since 2010 was .230 before last season’s .282 mark. PECOTA projected Reynolds to finish this year with a .237 BA and 12 home runs. Those numbers are much closer to what owners should expect than something like .260 with 20+ long balls. At 33 years old, it’s more than likely that Reynolds’ best days are behind him.

Buyer’s Guide: Sell (unless he’s simply a short-term CI option).

The playing-time concerns hang over Reynolds’ hot start like a dark cloud. Unless Desmond experiences a setback, there’s just not any realistic way Reynolds will see regular playing time this season. You might hang on to Reynolds through the first few weeks of Desmond’s return to ensure the injury doesn’t flare up but, beyond that, there’s not much season-long value here.

The one exception to selling on Reynolds is if you simply need a short-term stopgap at a corner-infield spot. He’s going to be the everyday first baseman until Desmond returns, and he’s likely to return more value at this point than any other option readily available in the free-agent pool. If you’re heavily relying on Reynolds for the rest of the season, something could have gone wrong on draft night.

If you own Reynolds, now is the time to try and deal him for whatever you can get. Maybe there’s an owner in your league struggling at 1B/3B. Reynolds could be an attractive option to them given the production they’re looking at after a week’s worth of games. If you can get an owner to bite and return anything of value, now is the time to do it.

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There are plenty of ways to encourage batters to make more contact.

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December 8, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Strikeouts: A Deeper Dive

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Scooter Hotz

You've got to Hand it to us, we're pretty thorough.

The Risers

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December 7, 2016 8:30 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: Over/Underachievers: Strikeouts

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Matt Collins

Who really stepped up to miss bats, and who will need to try a little harder in 2017.

On Tuesday, George Bissell broke down the landscape around the league with respect to strikeouts. Unsurprisingly, he found that K’s are continuing to rise for both starters and relievers. However, with the shrinking workloads being given to starters, it’s getting harder and harder to find those true fantasy assets who can accrue massive strikeout totals. Today, we will look at some of the pitchers who over performed or under performed their expected value in this category.

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December 6, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Categorical Breakdowns: The Landscape: Strikeouts

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George Bissell

We are in uncharted territory with this category, so let's make a plan.

Nearly a quarter of all major-league plate appearances (21.1 percent) ended with a strikeout last season. A decade ago, that number was just 17.1 percent. Isolated from broader historical context, those numbers don’t accurately reflect the scale of the league-wide rise in strikeout rate over the last decade. Pitchers struck out opposing batters at the highest rate in the modern era, which dates back to 1947 (according to Sam Miller on a recent episode of the Effectively Wild podcast), in each of the past nine seasons. Meanwhile, walk rates have remained relatively stagnant, ebbing and flowing between seven and nine percent, during the same period.

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