MLB’s first month is almost complete, and we are starting to see some trends.
As a whole, we can say that the league’s slugging percentage and run production are down compared to 2021 and other recent seasons.
The league is adopting the universal designated hitter rule, which was supposed to bring more offense, but it hasn’t mattered: pitchers are dominating in the early going.
It also didn’t matter that MLB is now banning pitchers who use foreign substances on the ball to increase their spin rates all around.
Batters are struggling to get much going.
Previously great offenses, such as the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees for example, either are struggling to produce much, or were slumping not so long ago.
“Of 181 MLB batters with 3.1+ plate appearances per team game played so far this season, 72 are hitting .220 or worse,” Codify Baseball tweeted.
Of 181 MLB batters with 3.1+ plate appearances per team game played so far this season, 72 are hitting .220 or worse.
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) April 25, 2022
Will The League Do Something?
It’s unclear if the league will do anything to remedy the situation, but with the season already underway, don’t expect anything drastic.
Some fans and media members prefer things this way, with low-scoring affairs dominating the scene more often than not.
Others, on the other hand, celebrate the home run and runs scored, and see them as more exciting plays.
It is, as everything in life, a matter of personal choice or position.
The season is still early, so there can be a change in trends in a few weeks or months, with the weather changing, too.
But it remains unlikely if MLB doesn’t intervene one way or another.
Again, it’s a matter of preference, so if they see no problem, then things may stay the way they currently are.