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MLB teams are striking out 230 times more per season in 2014 vs. 2005

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated August 12th at 3:03pm 270959091

Reading this Deadspin post about the rise of big-homer, big-strikeout, low batting average players in recent years made us simply curious about just how many more strikeouts there are these days vs. the recent past.

As it turns out: a lot more.

The average MLB team is on pace to strike out 1,251 times this season. In 2005, the average for a season was 1,021. Only one team in 2005 (the Reds at 1,303) struck out as much as the average team strikes out this year. Here’s the full list by year, with the number creeping up every season since 2005:

2014: 1,251

2013: 1,224

2012: 1,214

2011: 1,150

2010: 1,144

2009: 1,120

2008: 1,096

2007: 1,073

2006: 1,055

2005: 1,021

Tuesday (Correia and Willingham jump into pennant races) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated August 12th at 4:43pm 270914121

willinghamJosh Willingham and Kevin Correia have been big league regulars for nearly a decade apiece. Neither has ever participated in the postseason, and until a few days ago it looked like neither would sniff the playoffs this year with the Twins.

But suddenly via trades — Willingham to the suddenly hot Royals and Correia to the Dodgers — both have the postseason in their sights.

The Royals have won eight in a row and moved past the slumping Tigers into first place in the AL Central on Monday. Correia made his Dodgers debut on the same night, pitching six innings of one-run ball to get the win.

It must be a completely difference scene from what either player has experienced in his career-to-date. Correia pitched for some bad Giants, Padres, Pirates and, yes, Twins teams. Willingham was with the Marlins, Washington, Oakland (they were 74-88 in his one season) and since 2012 with the Twins.

Usually this is the time of year both can settle in and play out the string. Instead, they both will find themselves in the heat of pennant races.

TFD: Trevor May and Logan Darnell combined on a no-hitter for Rochester today (say what?)

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated August 19th at 3:26pm 270815031

Two pitchers who have started games for the Twins in August — including one who pitched just two days ago — combined on a no-hitter for Class AAA Rochester on Monday.

What’s that, now?

Yes, Logan Darnell and Trevor May had a combined no-hitter for the Red Wings.

Sure, but what are you talking about?

Ah, here’s the fun part: It was the completion of a game suspended by rain July 24. May started the game and pitched three hitless innings. Darnell actually pitched two days later for the Twins, and again on Aug. 1, but he was since sent down.

The game resumed today, and Darnell threw the next six innings of hitless relief.

Tommy Milone will be the 27th pitcher to start a game for the Twins since the beginning of 2011

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated August 11th at 2:13pm 270784781

miloneThe Twins’ pitching rotation has been, ah, unsettled for a while. We were curious: how many different starters have they used since everything went to [redacted] at the beginning of 2011?

Turns out Tommy Milone, who is slated to start tonight in Houston, will be the 27th different starting pitcher used by the Twins from 2011-14.

Twenty-seven.

Sounds like a random big number you would throw out if you were trying to be mean. But it’s the real number.

Here are the other 26 aside from Milone, in order of the number of starts they have made. Honestly, we had forgotten at least a few of these guys:

Scott Diamond 58

Kevin Correia 54

Nick Blackburn 45

Carl Pavano 44

Francisco Liriano 41

Samuel Deduno 41

Brian Duensing 39

Mike Pelfrey 34

Kyle Gibson 32

Liam Hendriks 28

Phil Hughes 24

Scott Baker 21

P.J. Walters 20

Cole De Vries 18

Ricky Nolasco 18

Anthony Swarzak 17

Pedro Hernandez 12

Andrew Albers 10

Vance Worley 10

Yohan Pino 9

Kevin Slowey 8

Jason Marquis 7

Esmerling Vasquez 6

Kris Johnson 3

Logan Darnell 2

Trevor May 1

Monday (The return of Joe Mauer) Edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated August 11th at 11:52am 270756661

mauerhammockJoe Mauer is slated to come off the disabled list in time for tonight’s game against the Astros. It sounds as though either Trevor Plouffe or Oswaldo Arcia could go on the DL to make room, which is a nice relief because it means the Twins are going to fiddle with big Kennys Vargas (not that they would, anyway, since he’s been batting in the middle of their order and doing just fine).

We don’t know what this will mean for the lineup as a whole, but we do know this: the Twins have 46 games left in this season, and they are an important 46 games for Mauer. For all the jokes about Mauer’s durability and not playing in day games after night games, he appeared in at least 130 games in five of six seasons between 2005-2010. Since then, he’s done it only once — in a quite good 2012 season. Otherwise, it was 82 games in 2011, 113 last season and 76 so far this year.

Saying “Mauer needs to stay healthy” is a little too simple because nobody *tries* to get injured. But considering the Twins still owe Mauer $92 million from 2015-2018 — half of his eight-year contract — it is important to see a healthy, productive Mauer as the Twins play out the stretch run.

He’s still the team’s most accomplished hitter, by far. At 31, he might be at the start of a decline. How sharp that decline is, though, will of course determine just how much value the Twins will get for that large chunk of payroll — and be a significant factor if and when the Twins’ top prospects arrive en masse and potentially help engineer a real turnaround.

A productive Mauer always figured to be part of the plan for the team to contend in 2015/16 and beyond. Even if Mauer could return to 2013 levels for the rest of 2014 (.880 OPS), it would be a good sign. He was showing flashes of that before this last oblique injury; a consistent stretch of it would be a very welcome, and perhaps critically important, sight for the Twins as they prepare for the future.

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