Nationals-Astros World Series could change MLB pitching strategy

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Nationals-Astros World Series could change MLB pitching strategy
Nationals-Astros World Series could change MLB pitching strategy

In 2005, the year Justin Verlander made his MLB debut, 50 different pitchers threw at least 200 innings. Ten years later, that number was cut nearly in half. For the past three seasons, only 15 starters have hit that innings benchmark. In the span of one career, the trend has dramatically shifted away from starters of Verlander's ilk. There are many factors that go into a change like this. MLB bullpens are filled with more specialists and more guys who can light up radar guns. In 2018, starters averaged 92.3 mph on their fastballs while relievers were more than a full mile per hour higher. The number of pitchers who could throw 100 mph or higher went from fewer than 20 in 2008 to a high of 47

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