New WSJ Piece
Since some of you have asked that I start linking to stuff I write elsewhere more often, here’s the piece I wrote for them today. I tackle the notion that 2010 is the year of the pitcher, when in reality, offense isn’t down from last year much more than it has been in many other recent years. It’s just a continuation of a trend rather than some massive outlier like the moniker might lead you to believe.
It’s also important to keep year to year relativity in mind when discussing the Mariners offense. Yes, it’s bad, we all know that. But if someone just pulls out total runs scored and says “this is the worst offense since blah blah blah”, it’s good to remember that offense is down everywhere, and has been trending down for years. It’s not an apples to apples comparison. The game has changed.