If you like strikeouts, you’re going to probably love this weekend’s series between Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
The Reds and Brewers pitching staffs rank 1-2 in strikeouts per nine innings in the majors thus far in the shortened 2020 season.
Of the 15 pitchers on Milwaukee’s current roster, 10 are averaging 10.0 K/9 or better and two others, including, amazingly, Josh Hader, are at 9.0 K/9 – which is the MLB average (by the way, the league’s average in 2019 was 8.9 K/9).
Overall, the Brewers are fanning 11.02 batters per nine innings. Here’s how it shapes up among the 15 pitchers on the current roster:
Cincinnati pitchers have been even better, whiffing 12.19 batters per 9. Three members of the Reds’ current rotation all are above 13.0 K/9 – Trevor Bauer (13.5), Luis Castillo (13.8) and Sonny Gray (13.5).
Seven Cincinnati relievers have a K/9 of higher than 11.0.
However, on the flip side the Reds’ bullpen has posted an inflated 7.65 ERA and 1.525 WHIP over 40 innings this season – having served up 11 home runs – while Brewers’ relievers own a 3.89 ERA and 1.176 WHIP over 41 2/3 innings.
In other words, don’t turn off your TV if Milwaukee happens to trail in any game.
— Since 2017, Milwaukee is 35-22 (.614) against Cincinnati, which is the second-highest winning percentage of any NL Central matchup over that span, trailing just St. Louis over Pittsburgh (38-22, .633).
— Cincinnati has scored 43.8% of its runs, fourth highest in MLB, via the home run. Milwaukee is at 33.3%, tied for third lowest. The major-league average is 43.0%.
Statistics courtesy Sportradar and baseball-reference.com