One way to reduce average game-times: don’t let anyone in the park.
The White Sox-O’s game just ended. The Orioles won 8-2. There were 15 hits, a couple of errors and sixteen total strikeouts, but only two walks and three double plays. The grand totals:
I’m guessing that the “1” for attendance was some glitchy default, but whatever. The time of game is the interesting thing. There was a lot of first-pitch swinging and it is getaway day for these teams, but it’s rare to see such a short game time for a game in which ten runs were scored.
Shorter between-inning breaks due to the lack of the kiss-cam and other such nonsense? Just dumb luck? Hard to say, but one of baseball’s weirdest games ever was also one of the quicker games this season.