So there was one guy, Jake Peavy with a 2.54, that was under 3.00 for the season last year. Now I realize that there is still over a month to go, but there are currently 11 pitchers with a sub-3 era this season. That is an astounding difference. Does anyone have an insight as to why this is the case, or is steroids the only rationale?
For the record.... Cliff Lee 2.43. Duchscherer 2.54. Volquez 2.73. Dempster 2.92. Those 4 are the total shockers in my book. Some may be surprised by Lincecums 2.48. Then you have Halladay at 2.68, Webb at 2.74. Santana at 2.64, Peavy 2.84, Sabathia cooking at 2.99 and Harden 2.04.
Cliff Lee, I said the same until I realized he is just on this year. His K/BB is great, he's placing the ball, getting outs. Looks great. I just made a recent comment about the steriod era and the pitchers this season to my league. I can not remember how many 10+Ks a game I've seen this week. It's kinda crazy!
A while back, ESPN had the "Juice Box" that they ran after steroid testing was implemented. It tracked power numbers before and after the steroid testing went into effect. Even though they don't do it now, I kept it going for my league as a way to confirm that our scoring system was working as it should be (among other methods).
Here's how these numbers have changed since I recorded them on June 8th:
HR/g - 7% R/g - 3% 2B/g - 1% Agg. SLG - 2%
I should note that I only try to look at the first 20 weeks of the season, because that's the length of our league's regular season. So the historical number above roughly equal the first 20 weeks of each MLB season from that year. This year, I forgot to grab the numbers until I saw this thread, so thanks for the reminder!
Few things like this have just one answer I would suppose it is a combination of the flux of an MLB season(last year you had a ton of historical moments and multiple no hitters) and the decline of offense since the steroid testing. Some years there are no 20 game winners, others there are 5+, the game has its fluxuations.
rjforlife wrote:For the record.... Cliff Lee 2.43. Duchscherer 2.54. Volquez 2.73. Dempster 2.92. Those 4 are the total shockers in my book. Some may be surprised by Lincecums 2.48. Then you have Halladay at 2.68, Webb at 2.74. Santana at 2.64, Peavy 2.84, Sabathia cooking at 2.99 and Harden 2.04.
Considering the bottom portion of that list, I think the biggest surprise is that Peavy was the only (qualifying) sub-3.00 in MLB last year.