From the Elias Sports Bureau, passed along by Buster Olney this morning:
There were 5,992 strikeouts in April, the highest April strikeout total in any season in major-league history. And it’s not just the total of strikeouts that was noteworthy; the average of 15.29 strikeouts per major-league game during April was the second-highest average in a full month in major-league history.
Thanks, Astros and Braves.
There has been a lot of talk about the increased strikeouts, with many blaming an overuse of the take-and-rake approach, others blaming any number of things. I don’t know that I’ve seen any one explanation that seems satisfactory, though. Like most things I’m sure it’s a combination of factors, even if people looking at such things almost always search for a single factor because that seems more satisfying.
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz hasn’t pitched in a week due to soreness in his left forearm. He threw a bullpen on Thursday afternoon and said, “I definitely feel like I can maybe help (as a reliever in the playoffs,” as ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.
The Red Sox clinched the AL East on Wednesday, so they don’t need to rush Pomeranz along. And using him out of the bullpen might ultimately be best as he regressed quite a bit after coming to Boston from San Diego in July. In 13 starts with the Red Sox, Pomeranz has a 4.68 ERA with a 69/24 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings.
Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz have been throwing the ball quite well as of late. Paired with Rick Porcello and David Price, the Red Sox still have the depth to be menacing in the postseason.
Remember Jesus Montero? The former Yankees and Mariners prospect? Well, he was picked up by the Blue Jays back in March after the Mariners waived him and played 126 games for Triple-A Buffalo this year. That went alright, I suppose, with Montero hitting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. He played a bit of first base too, trying to break the mold he’s been stuck in as a 26-year-old DH.
If this season was a platform for him to make one last push to the bigs, the platform was just pulled out from under him: he has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for dimethylbutylamine (DMBA), a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The minor league season is over, of course, so he’ll serve that suspension next season. Assuming the Jays keep him in the fold.