Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, June 1, 2021 -- "Offensive Update"

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"The homers turned into outs. They turned into pop-ups and fly balls and strikeouts. The offensive environment we have now is the 2018 on-contact results with another 2% tacked on to the strikeout rate and some more walks. If MLB really thought it would change the baseball and have 400 hitters decide to become Ichiro, well, that was crazy for a few reasons, but it’s failed to the tune of this slow, dry baseball that we’re probably stuck with all year."