Ben-Porat: A visual case for the DH

From Eli Ben-Porat at The Hardball Times on August 28, 2017:

It’s time to rule out the rule requiring pitchers to hit major league pitching, except as an exception for the exceptional hitters.

There is one undeniable fact in the DH-or-no-DH debate that everyone can agree on: Pitchers, for the most part, can’t hit major league pitching. I am of the opinion that not only are pitchers not capable of hitting major league pitching, they are also essentially a waste of an at-bat, so much so that a pitcher trying to hit doesn’t even look remotely like a major league at-bat, further, they also have a disproportional impact on the hitter that directly precedes them . Let’s use some Statcast data and take a look at the visual evidence, which will help to quantify this position.

Read the full article here:


Originally published: August 28, 2017. Last Updated: August 28, 2017.