Thursday, May 15, 2014


Thus far in the 2014 season, starting pitchers are curtailing right-handed hitters at levels that haven't been seen in more than twenty years.

The chart tells the tale. Prior to the offensive explosion in 1993, the total of starting pitchers who held right-handed batters to an OPS under .600 was usually in the the high teens. 

That number fell into single digits in 1993 and, with only a few exceptions, stayed there until 2011.

The current spike thus far in 2014 is likely to subside somewhat as the season plays out, but it remains a striking indicator of what seems to be a changed state of affairs.