Relief Efforts: Impact of Closers and K Rate

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Relief Efforts: Impact of Closers and K Rate
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So long, Danny Graves. The era of closers like you has passed. We are in an age of strikeouts, specifically a season on track to set all-time records in the category. Major league pitchers, in 2012, have combined to average 7.50 K's per nine innings and a 19.6 K percentage going by individual batters faced, both of those representing a 5 percent increase upon the 7.13 and 18.6 numbers of 2011, which at the time set single-season records in either category.

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