NEW YORK (AP) — The major league batting average fell from .231 in April to .245 in May, leaving the overall figure for the first two months at .240, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
This year’s figure is four percentage points higher than last year’s average in the first two months.
Last season’s final average of .244 was the lowest since 1972. Slow starts this season and last seemed to threaten the record of .237 in 1968. After that year of the pitcher, the height of the mound was lowered by 15 inches to ten.
Averages tend to be lower early in the season when pitchers are ahead of batters and cold, wet weather impacts games in some parts of the United States. this allowed managers to bring in more powerful relievers.
Circuits have also increased slightly over the past month, from 0.91 in April to 1.08 in May. This year’s average of 1.00 is more than 10% lower than last year’s 1.13 per game. Last year the average was 1.14 in April and 1.12 in May, with the average rising to 1.22 by the end of the season.
Hits per game fell from 7.62 per team per game in April to 8.29 in May. This year’s season average of 8.00 is slightly higher than last year’s 7.79 two months into a season in which the final figure was 8.13.
Walks and strikeouts are down, with walks at 3.17 per game from 3.32 last year as of May 31 and strikeouts at 8.33 from 8.99 last year for the first two months.
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