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The Giants are striking out at an alarming rate!

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Numbers within. What does it mean?

San Franciso Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The league strikeout rate has risen to an historic high of ~23%, and it’s been climbing every year. The Giants are actually above league average in this category. Entering tonight’s loss to the Phillies, they were at 24% for the season, 4.5% higher than it’s been at any point this century (they hit 20.5% in 2014).

And through 24 outs tonight (14 strikeouts), the Giants have actually raised their rate to 24.5%.

Let’s take a peak at the past 10 years

2018 - 24.5% (through 24/27 outs tonight)
2017 - 19.6%
2016 - 17.7%
2015 - 18.8%
2014 - 20.5%
2013 - 17.5%
2012 - 17.7%
2011 - 18.4%
2010 - 17.9%
2009 - 19.1%
2008 - 17.0%

Is it sustainable? Absolutely! Is it good!

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Probably not!