Pitch Counts Monday, May 11, 2015 8:29 AM
Tom Tango developed a pitch count estimator for seasons when pitches were not counted... I think he did this in 2000...
xPCE - more exact pitch count estimator ...
The power of this equation is that it can theoretically be applied to
any environment (MLB 1911, college 1992, high school 2001, etc), as
long as that environment uses the current 4-ball, 3-strike,
The difference between Randy Johnson who was still active in 2007 and Babe Adams who pitched a hundred years ago is startling. To retire a batter Randy Johnson throws FORTY-TWO percent more pitches. This could be a significant factor in the difference in innings thrown now versus a hundred years ago in the dead ball era.
|By The Shredded Wheat Company 1909 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
|137.66||9/29/1996||Boston at Detroit||Clemens|
Ron Guidry threw about 142 pitches in striking out 18 batters in 1978. Michael Pineda threw only 111 in striking out 16 batters yesterday. Guidry had an advantage. Sort of like Willie Mays taking almost 1,000 more at bats than Alex Rodriguez to hit 660 home runs.