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Strikeouts and Homers and Hits, Oh My (BP Kansas City Episode 102)

The Royals had some success this week, including some solid pitching performances by Brad Keller, Danny Duffy, and Jason Hammel. We covered some of the recent DL moves and the way it’s shifted the pitching staff. We also discussed Jon Jay’s successful May, Hunter Dozier’s adjustment to the big leagues, and took another look at how trade values may be shifting.

In a second segment, we looked at some year by year numbers to see how strikeout, home run, and hit rates have changed over the years. Of course, the strikeout and home run rates we see today are higher than in the past, but by how much? And how quickly have they shifted? We picked out some key seasons where things started to change, and how the game shapes up today as a result.

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