- Batters are most likely to be hit when the pitcher is ahead on the count. Counts of 0-2, 1-2, 2-2, and 0-1 are by far the most likely ones to result in batters being hit by the next pitch.
- With rising rates of strikeouts, batters are facing more counts of 0-2, 1-2, 2-2, and 0-1.
- Therefore, rising rates of strikeouts are causing more batters to be hit by pitches.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Hit Batters as Collateral Damage of Rising Strikeouts Rates
My latest in my obsession with batters getting hit by a pitch was just published at FanGraphs. Link here. Pretty graphs, neat tables--I really pulled out the stops! The conclusion can be expressed as a syllogism (a word that, I'll admit, generally isn't associated with baseball);