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.