This article is part of our Rounding Third series.
A week ago I blogged about the ever-rising home run environment in baseball this season and its fantasy implications. At that point, Major League Baseball was averaging 1.31 homers per game, which easily eclipsed the previous record set in 2017 (by a wide margin!) of 1.26 homers per game. That was as of Wednesday morning last week. Guess what – as you can tell from RotoWire's new League Stats page, that average is now up to 1.33 homers per game!
This is one of many new pages our developers have added to aid you in your fantasy baseball research. I love looking at the global stats in the game to get a good idea of what targets we need, and what sort of game that we're playing. Right now the stats date to 2013, to give you some sort of global context, and you can display either averages or totals, both for hitting and pitching, and you can display for all of MLB, or just for AL or NL if you so desire.
Here are a few other interesting tidbits from the global stats page:
- Stolen bases aren't at an all-time low, but at 0.51 steals per game, they remain at the same low level that they were at last season. It remains as low as it's been since Major League Baseball expanded to 30 teams.
- Strikeouts remain on an unrelenting climb. At 8.82 team strikeouts per game, we're not just at another all-time high, we're blowing away