Thursday, May 9, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, May 9, 2024 -- "Notes"


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Remember, we no longer get pitchers’ duels, where the tension mounts as two hurlers quickly dispatch the opposition. Even good starters on good days rarely pitch the ninth, most don’t see the eighth, and often a pitcher is pulled having posted six shutout innings. There have been 59 starts already this season in which a pitcher went exactly six innings and allowed no runs. There were 141 of those, total, in the 1970s. Last year, there were 199 starts that fit the criteria. There were 255 during the entire 1980s.