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year of the catcher?

today there is another article describing how this year, the "year of the pitcher," is shaping up: strikeouts are on the rise, at least in the NL (holding constant in the AL). overall, there have been the fewest earned runs allowed since 1992. hitters are hitting home runs are at a 1961 pace.

 

besides the elimination of steroids, there is another explanation for the decline in offense: catchers are calling for more junk.

below are the pitch selections of each league's leading pitchers, from fangraphs "pitch fx."

FA - Fastball
CU - Curveball
FT - Two-seam Fastball
CH - Changeup
FC - Cutter
SL - Slider
FS - Splitter
KN - Knuckleball
PO - Pitchout
IN - Intentional Ball
AB - Automatic Ball
UN - Unknown Pitch

 

felix hernandez

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jon lester:

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roy halladay:

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ubaldo jiminez:

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tim lincecum:

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cliff lee:

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roy oswalt:

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about the only one bucking the trend (with any success) is david price, and even he is throwing his 2 seamer more (but his slider less):

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via www.fangraphs.com


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