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It's been a cold (and low-scoring) April

Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:32 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 7:09 pm
 
Stats can lie. STATS Inc. doesn't.

So what should we make of the latest offering from the Chicago-based statistics service, which reported Friday that scoring in baseball is at a 19-year low for the first month of the season?

According to STATS, major-league games are averaging just 4.31 runs, down from 4.55 in April last year and the lowest since a 4.12 average in April 1992.

STATS suggests colder weather as a factor, and that's reasonable. It has been colder than normal in much of the country. I know for a fact it was cold and windy on Thursday night at Citi Field . . . when the Mets (9) and Astros (1) combined for 10 runs.

CBSSports.com colleague Scott Miller points out that the Padres have contributed (or not contributed) to the lack of scoring. The Padres have just 60 runs in 19 games, and have already been shut out five times (and they face Roy Halladay on Sunday).

Has it been cold in San Diego?

Scott tells me it has been.

Others will no doubt point to steroid testing, and there's little doubt that's a longer-term factor. STATS listed the six lowest-scoring Aprils in the last 20 years, and four of them have been in the last five years (2009 was the exception). None of the six were in the probable peak steroid years, between 1994 and 2006.

It's also possible that there are just more good hitters than good pitchers right now. Scouts talk about how hard it is to find good position players, and several teams with strong pitching (A's, Giants, Padres, Mariners) are offensively-challenged.



Category: MLB
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Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 2:41 pm
 

It's been a cold (and low-scoring) April

Can't blame the STL Cardinals for this trend...probably the best two weeks of hitting they've ever had!



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 10:46 am
 

It's been a cold (and low-scoring) April

I attribute the weather for a huge part of the decline...Global Cooling...Actually, it was the coldest April in over 100 years in Chicago..We have had roughly two days the entire month that were decent. For the rest of the month it was gray, cool and very wet. Once the sun pops out we will see things balance out..Personally, I like the non steroid game...Pitchers count. For years, there were only a handful of starters that were effective. The rest were torched. Chicks might dig the long ball but it was too much of a good thing..Glad to see the game require speed and situational hitting again. If we could only rid ourselves of the DH, the game would be perfect again...


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