Sunday, August 22, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, August 22, 2021 -- "Offense Check-In"

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"That drop in strikeout rate is meaningful. When I looked at this last month, I saw that strikeout rates were pretty consistent from one “half” to the next. A 1.1% decline in the strikeout rate in-season is a very big change, and the best argument for the idea that the use of grip enhancers had gotten out of control."