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Factoid of the day: last night’s pitchers were really good

May 19, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

Denny McLain

I made a crack in the recaps this morning about this being 1968 all over again.  This factoid just passed along by Major League Baseball explains why last night gave off that impression:

Of 30 starting pitchers last night, 13 went at least 7 innings and gave up no more than one earned run.

There are going to be a lot of pitchers who make a lot of money in arbitration and on the free agency market in the next couple of years before people get the brains around what could very well be a new, low-offense environment kicking off.

And I say “could,” because if these attendance numbers hold, someone is gonna get the bright idea to juice the ball again in order to get people back to the ballpark.

  1. cur68 - May 19, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    I take the performance of a certain chubby redheaded Blue Jays pitcher didn’t make the grade? Not friggin likely.

  2. halladaysbicepts - May 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Juice the ball or juice the players? Here’s my solution:

    Eliminate the pitcher and let the batters use an aluminum bat, through up the ball in the air and hit it. Also, replace the baseball with a golfball. Offense will increase by 5000%.

    Also, they should bring the greenies back into the locker room and give it to them intravenously.

    What do you think?

    • paperlions - May 19, 2011 at 1:24 PM

      I think you just created a sport that I’d have no interest in.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - May 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Juice the balls, or juice the players. Either way, the owners once again won’t care as long as people come to the ballparks.

  4. kellyb9 - May 19, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    I love a good old fashioned pitching duel. Defense > Offense.

    • b7p19 - May 19, 2011 at 1:27 PM


  5. nps6724 - May 19, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    As Daniel Tosh once said, we should make steroids mandatory because we deserve the best athletes science can create.

    • rebarratige - May 19, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      You lost me at “as Daniel Tosh once said.”

  6. paperlions - May 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    People go to see good baseball, not just a lot of scoring. The attendance problems won’t be “solved” by more offense, because that isn’t the problem. Once it stops raining, more people have money in their pockets, and team realize that they out-priced many fans, attendance numbers will increase again.

    • halladaysbicepts - May 19, 2011 at 1:26 PM

      I agree. The biggest problem with baseball attendance has nothing to do with lack of offense. It’s the US economy problems along with the average cost of MLB tickets, which go up every year. They need to reduce the ticket prices to reflect the economy as a whole, and I believe attendance would go up.

      • rebarratige - May 19, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        Not sure how much traction the “blame the economy” approach has anymore, given that we’re comparing 2011 to 2010, when the economy was just as bad (if not worse). It’s not as though people just woke up to the need to cut down on their discretionary spending.

  7. Jonny 5 - May 19, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    attendance, shmattendance.

  8. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 19, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    I would hope that wouldn’t be their deductive reasoning.
    It’s more like people aren’t buying tickets because they don’t have jobs to do so, and gas is through the roof to get there.

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