Last month was the strikeout-i-est April in baseball history

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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.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.