LOS ANGELES —- In what is likely not a surprise, pitchers are hitting at an historical low since we can document their progression. Baseball-Reference has splits going back to 1925 and the current .275 OPS is the lowest that their tool has measured.
This is not a new thing, seven of the eight lowest MLB pitchers’ OPS are from 2012 through 2018. However this current season is distinct since it has both the lowest on-base percentage (.137) and slugging percentage (.138) since 1925.
As for Dodger pitchers, their .238 OPS is the second lowest OPS in Los Angeles Dodger history. No current active Dodger pitcher has an extra-base hit, the two doubles that the pitchers have collected were off the bats of Hyun-jin Ryu and Dennis Santana.
Today’s starter, Kenta Maeda is 2-for-19 with six sacrifice bunts. Maeda usually puts the ball in play and only struck out three times in 39 at bats in 2017. He has struck out six times in 19 at bats this season.
If you were wondering, designated hitters have a .751 OPS and pinch-hitters have a .638 OPS this year.
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Time: 4:15 p.m. PT