• Steve Potter

8/6/2020 : The Season thus far - some numbers


There have been 332 games played so far in this strangest of seasons ... here are some statistical facts that perhaps you weren’t aware of 🤔or maybe didn’t care to know 🥴.


Twenty shutouts ( 6 percent of games played ) have been thrown to date with the Indians leading the way with three while four clubs ( Cubs, Marlins, Brewers and Twins ) have two apiece. Last season there were 268 shutouts in the 4,858 games played ( 5.5 percent ) ... that’s a bit surprising to me as it seemed that the pace for shutouts was far greater this season ... in reality it’s just slightly above last year’s pace 😳. There were 312 shutouts in 2018 ( 6 percent of games played ) and 259 ( 5.3 percent ) in 2017 🧐.


Love the long ball ? This season 396 homers have been hit ( an average of 1.19 per game ). So taters are down on average from last season so far even though August is hitting season ... but still well above the last ten year average ...


The previous ten years ...


2019 - the average was 1.39 ( 6,776 in 4,858 games )

2018 - the average was 1.14 ( 5,585 in 4,862 games )

2017 - the average was 1.25 ( 6,105 in 4,860 games )

2016 - the average was 1.15 ( 5,610 in 4,856 games )

2015 - the average was 1.01 ( 4,909 in 4,858 games )

2014 - the average was 0.86 ( 4,186 in 4,860 games )

2013 - the average was 0.96 ( 4,661 in 4,862 games )

2012 - the average was 1.01 ( 4,934 in 4,860 games )

2011 - the average was 0.94 ( 4,552 in 4,858 games )

2010 - the average was 0.95 ( 4,613 in 4,860 games )


Ten year Average - 1.06 ( 51,931 in 48,594 games played )

Nine year Average before 2019 anomaly - 1.03 ( 45,155 in 43,736 games )


How about runs scored ???


This year the total runs per game average is 4.37 ( 1,451 in 332 games ) ... that’s right on the average of the previous ten years.


The previous ten years ...


2019 - the average was 4.83 ( 23,467 in 4,858 games )

2018 - the average was 4.45 ( 21,630 in 4,862 games )

2017 - the average was 4.64 ( 22,582 in 4,860 games )

2016 - the average was 4.48 ( 21,744 in 4,856 games )

2015 - the average was 4.25 ( 20,647 in 4,858 games )

2014 - the average was 4.07 ( 19,761 in 4,860 games )

2013 - the average was 4.16 ( 20,255 in 4,862 games )

2012 - the average was 4.32 ( 21,017 in 4,860 games )

2011 - the average was 4.28 ( 20,808 in 4,858 games )

2010 - the average was 4.38 ( 21,308 in 4,860 games )


Ten year Average - 4.39 ( 213,219 in 48,594 games played )

Nine year Average before 2019 anomaly - 4.33 ( 189,752 in 43,736 games )


And ... strikeouts ... the thing that drives a lot of folks crazy 🤨


This year the per game average is 8.84 ( 2,935 in 332 games ) ... that’s slightly higher than last year’s average but continues a five year trend where the average number of strikeouts per game has been above eight ... the previous five years it was well below that 😳.


The previous ten years ...


2019 - the average was 8.81 ( 42,823 in 4,858 games )

2018 - the average was 8.47 ( 41,207 in 4,862 games )

2017 - the average was 8.25 ( 40,104 in 4,860 games )

2016 - the average was 8.03 ( 38,982 in 4,856 games )

2015 - the average was 7.71 ( 37,446 in 4,858 games )

2014 - the average was 7.70 ( 37,441 in 4,860 games )

2013 - the average was 7.55 ( 36,710 in 4,862 games )

2012 - the average was 7.49 ( 36,426 in 4,860 games )

2011 - the average was 7.10 ( 34,488 in 4,858 games )

2010 - the average was 7.06 ( 34,306 in 4,860 games )


Ten year Average - 7.81 ( 379,933 in 48,594 games played )

Average from 2015 to 2019 - 8.25 ( 200,562 in 24,294 games played )

Average from 2010 to 2014 - 7.38 ( 179,371 in 24,300 games played )


Just some numbers, whatever they mean 🤷‍♂️.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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