The Very Best of Beyond the Box Score
Swinging big and trading off strikeouts for power dates back as far as Babe Ruth, but not everyone who whiffs a lot generates enough power to offset the strikeouts. Let's look at the worst performers from 2012 in striking out without the power.
Roy Halladay has been one of the best pitchers of our generation, year after year finishing at or near the top of every measure we consider valuable. But In 2012 he was not himself ... is it possible that he's beginning to decline?
As always, we can satisfy our curiosity by digging deeper, using Pitch FX data to get a better idea of what Strasburg's performance "looked" like. Oh sure, I can tell you that it was a sight to behold, or I can show you exactly how #37 took 15 mph off his fastball to make hitters look silly.