After months, and months of anticipation, baseball season finally arrived. We all rejoiced and were happy to put all of our research and studying to the test in meaningful games. Well, just like that we are one month into the baseball season. While it is still early, we now have a useful sample size. It is no longer early enough to use “it’s early,” to justify a slow start. Let’s have fun with some numbers!
I spent a lot of time during the offseason studying trends on both the hitting and pitching side. I looked back at every season from 2010 through 2016 and noticed a couple of trends, such as power increasing, specifically in 2016. With the power surge, stolen bases decreased, making them more important in Fantasy. The power surge affected pitchers, as ERA and WHIP increased; strikeouts also increased. All of this helped shape my strategy, and hopefully, yours as well. But, one month into the season do these trends hold true? Are power, ERA, WHIP and strikeouts continuing to increase? I will compare the stats from the first month of this season to the first month of last season to see if the trends are holding.