WHAT IS SWINGING STRIKE RATIO?

Simply put, it’s the rate of swinging strikes per pitch.

Swinging strikes / total pitches

WHAT IS THE LEAGUE AVERAGE?

The league average usually in the 9-10 percent range. Last season was the first time in the 20th century the mark was over 10 percent at 10.1 percent. The 9.9 percent mark in 2015 was the second highest mark ever.

Batters (2016): 25 men were under 7.0 percent, 67 men were over 10.0 percent
Batters (2014-16): 51 men were under 7.0 percent, 89 men were over 10.0 percent

Pitchers (2016): 21 men were under 9.0 percent, 34 men were over 10.0 percent
Pitchers (2014-16): 64 men were under 9.0 percent, 46 men were over 10.0 percent

The trends are pretty obvious. Swinging strikes are on the rise while the era of the slap hitter who never stuck out seems to be in the rearview mirror.

WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF SWINGING STRIKES?

On the obvious front... if you don’t hit the ball the amount of positive outcomes, for a...

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