Monday, May 23, 2011
If you liked last summer's Year of the Pitcher, you're probably going to love the sequel. For the second straight season, offense is down — way down — with teams hitting just .251, the worst mark this late in a season since 1972. Teams are averaging less than 4.2 runs a game, and on-base percentage and slugging percentage are at their lowest points in two decades.
Earlier this month, Detroit's Justin Verlander and Minnesota's Francisco Liriano threw no-hitters on consecutive days — this not too many seasons removed from a 2-year, 6,000-game span without a no-hitter. In the last 12 months, there have been eight no-hitters, including two perfect games.