Terrific article about the nuances of the “fastball.”
Like most baseball fans, I spent a large majority of my weekend watching my favorite teams duke it out for some early season wins. The scientist in me loves the game because despite what most people believe, there is A LOT going on, and where there’s a lot going on, there’s a lot of data to be analyzed.
There are between 51-54 outs in your average baseball game (assuming no extra innings), and the average number of pitches thrown comes out around 148. That’s average. If a team is having a rough day, that number could easily surpass 200. Back in the early days of baseball they didn’t record pitch counts, but some historians estimate that the war horse pitchers of old could throw as many as 300 (back then, a pitcher would regularly go an entire game on his own – the term “closer” was completely unheard…
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