Strike­outs rose, stolen bases were down and other sur­pris­ing MLB to­tals

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Stefan Steven­son, Fort Worth Star-Tele­gram

It doesn’t just feel like more bat­ters strike­out nowa­days.

For the 12th con­sec­u­tive sea­son the to­tal num­ber of strike­outs in the ma­jor leagues hit an­other all-time high in 2019.

There were 42,823 strike­outs this sea­son, up 1,516 from a year ago, which was the pre­vi­ous record. Strike­outs have been ris­ing ev­ery sea­son since 2008.

Of course, home runs were at an all-time high in 2019, too. The league hit a record 6,776 homers, up 671 from the pre­vi­ous record set in 2017.

No­table 2019 MLB reg­u­lar sea­son bat­ting to­tals:

• .252 bat­ting av­er­age — Up four points from 2018, but still the 122nd low­est in MLB his­tory.

• 42,040 hits — 21st most in his­tory. • 8,531 dou­bles — 13th most in his­tory. • 785 triples — 62 fewer than 2018. • 6,776 home runs — An all-time record, pass­ing 2017 by 671 homers.

• 2,280 stolen bases — Fewest in a non­strike sea­son since 1973.

• 42,823 strike­outs — An all-time record and has in­creased the past 12 sea­son. • 15,895 walks — 10th most in his­tory. No­table 2019 MLB reg­u­lar sea­son pitch­ing to­tals:

• 45 com­plete games — Up three from 2018, but still the se­cond-fewest in his­tory.

• 26 shutouts — Up seven from ‘18, but still the eighth-fewest in his­tory.

• 1,788 wild pitches — Fifth-most in his­tory. Seven of the past eight sea­sons are among the top eight all-time.

• 753 in­ten­tional walks — 176 fewer than 2018 and the fewest since 1961.

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