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Old 02-16-2020, 07:19 AM
FlikTheBlue is offline
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Originally Posted by RickJay View Post
Scoring will likely decline in 2020; the balls will be back to normal. Since a huge percentage of scoring now is home runs - hitters are othgerwise not actually doing especially well - scoring might be very low. Last year the average NL team hit 220 homers, an incredibly high number without any historical precedent, but the league only batted .251, which is, historically speaking, unusually low. In almost every element of the offensive game OTHER than hitting home runs, today's MLB hitters are losing the battle to the pitchers. It is fact that the baseball was different (the stitches weren't raised as much, making the ball fly further) ad so the change that allegedly happened during the playoffs, and which is expected to happen this year, could see pitching really dominate, to the point there will be calls to cut down in strikeouts, which are totally out of control now.

My position on the DH is that I'd would rather that the enormously valuable currency of MLB at bats go to professional hitters, men who dream of getting that chance, rather than guys flailing away and looking scarcely better than some of the people in the stands would. Anyway, the NL will adopt the DH within ten years, and that will be that.
Iím probably wrong about this regarding the home runs, and would like to hear why this hypothesis is not correct. What I heard was that batters are purposely trying for home runs and that they donít care if they strike out more often if that means a greater proportion of their hits are home runs. In the long run this supposedly leads to more runs scored. Sure, a juiced ball will add to that, but the underlying explanation is that batters are purposely swinging away, even with two strikes.