• Steve Potter

8/7/2020 : The Season thus far - some corrected numbers


I screwed up on yesterday’s article ... I doubled up on the number of games played rather than using the absolute in my calculations 🥴. Here are the revised numbers ... apologies ... I blame it on isolation and that today‘s the 38th wedding anniversary for my wife Barb and I so I wasn‘t as focused on me numbers ... good thing no one pays me for this stuff !


There have been 177 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-one shutouts ( 12 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 2,429 games played ( 11 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 ( 13 percent of games played ) and 259 ( 11 percent ) in 2017 🧐.

Love the long ball ? This season 430 homers have been hit ( an average of 2.43 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 2.78 ( 6,776 in 2,429 games )

2018 - the average was 2.30 ( 5,585 in 2,431 games )

2017 - the average was 2.51 ( 6,105 in 2,430 games )

2016 - the average was 2.31 ( 5,610 in 2,428 games )

2015 - the average was 2.02 ( 4,909 in 2,429 games )

2014 - the average was 1.72 ( 4,186 in 2,430 games )

2013 - the average was 1.92 ( 4,661 in 2,431 games )

2012 - the average was 2.03 ( 4,934 in 2,430 games )

2011 - the average was 1.87 ( 4,552 in 2,429 games )

2010 - the average was 1.90 ( 4,613 in 2,430 games )

Ten year Average - 2.14 ( 51,931 in 24,297 games played )

Nine year Average before 2019 anomaly - 2.07 ( 45,155 in 21,868 games )

How about runs scored ???

This year the average total runs per game is 8.86 ( 1,568 in 177 games ) ... that’s above the average of the previous ten years but well below last season.

The previous ten years ...

2019 - the average was 9.66 ( 23,467 in 2,429 games )

2018 - the average was 8.90 ( 21,630 in 2,431 games )

2017 - the average was 9.29 ( 22,582 in 2,430 games )

2016 - the average was 8.96 ( 21,744 in 2,428 games )

2015 - the average was 8.50 ( 20,647 in 2,429 games )

2014 - the average was 8.14 ( 19,761 in 2,430 games )

2013 - the average was 8.32 ( 20,255 in 2,431 games )

2012 - the average was 8.64 ( 21,017 in 2,430 games )

2011 - the average was 8.57 ( 20,808 in 2,429 games )

2010 - the average was 8.77 ( 21,308 in 2,430 games )

Ten year Average - 8.78 ( 213,219 in 24,297 games played )

Nine year Average before 2019 anomaly - 8.68 ( 189,752 in 21,868 games )

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

This year the per game average is 17.61 ( 3,117 in 177 games ) ... that’s right at last year’s average and continues a two year trend where the average number of strikeouts per game has been above seventeen ... it’s been on the rise each of the past ten years 😳.

The previous ten years ...

2019 - the average was 17.63 ( 42,823 in 2,429 games )

2018 - the average was 16.95 ( 41,207 in 2,431 games )

2017 - the average was 16.50 ( 40,104 in 2,430 games )

2016 - the average was 16.05 ( 38,982 in 2,428 games )

2015 - the average was 15.42 ( 37,446 in 2,429 games )

2014 - the average was 15.41 ( 37,441 in 2,430 games )

2013 - the average was 15.10 ( 36,710 in 2,431 games )

2012 - the average was 14.99 ( 36,426 in 2,430 games )

2011 - the average was 14.20 ( 34,488 in 2,429 games )

2010 - the average was 14.12 ( 34,306 in 2,430 games )

Ten year Average - 15.64 ( 379,933 in 24,297 games played )

Average from 2015 to 2019 - 16.51 ( 200,562 in 12,147 games played )

Average from 2010 to 2014 - 14.76 ( 179,371 in 12,150 games played )

Just some numbers, whatever they mean 🤷‍♂️. Sorry for yesterday’s confusion on my part !

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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