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Over Run!

posted Jan 28, 2012, 7:52 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Jan 28, 2012, 7:52 AM ]

June 2, 2011 — Only two weeks into the season, the WWL has had some high scoring games. The first week it was pretty well expected, but in the second week scores continued to rise and nearly doubled that of the first. The competition is still there, but are these out of control scores something to expect for the rest of the season? No, at least I don’t think so.

The main factor contributing to the high runs is obviously a lack of experience pitching. Guys are still getting used to throwing good stuff for strikes; and it shows. There have been 73 walks so far in only 4 games. If you do a little math, that is over 1.5 walks per team every inning. You can’t have a low scoring game walking one or two guys every single inning.

On the flip side, the hitting has been pretty good. Teams are smoking the ball with a total of 25 homers in the league. Not only can teams hit the ball well, the walks show they are patient and are willing to wait.

So why do I think games will improve? To start, realistically each team has only played two games. That is barely enough to even start looking at stats, but after looking at all the numbers the bright side to this issue is the strikeouts. 53 total strikeouts have been recorded. That is almost 7 K’s per team in a game. Although the pitchers may be struggling with their walks, they are consistently getting hitters to miss. With all these strikeouts it shows that the pitching may become more dominate in the future.

As the season continues I think you will see a lot of those walks turn into strikeouts. If those statistics flip, it is a pretty safe bet to say that game scores will be lower too. I believe scores will still be high, but not ridiculous like they have been. My prediction is that teams will average around 10 or 12 runs a game, not in the 20’s like they have been. Either way I think we can still count on seeing exciting competitive games in the WWL.