>Many across the media are referring to 2010 as the Year of the Pitcher, but is there enough evidence to support this overly optimistic view on the 2010 pitching season?

Consider the facts:

  • 2 perfect games
  • 1 “should’ve been” perfect game
  • 2 no-hitters
  • 21 starters with ERA under 3.00
  • 9 starters with ERA under 2.50
  • 6 starters with winning % over .800
It certainly would appear that starters are having a pretty good year so far.  However, is it enough to qualify 2010 as the Year of the Pitcher?  I would submit “No,” as my answer.
Consider this:
Josh Hamilton, OF for the Texas Rangers, is currently hitting .470 for the month of June.  He is in the midst of a 21-game hitting streak.  During which he has 41 hits, 9 HR, 28 RBI, 20 R.  His batting average has gone up 55 points, and he has a .495 on-base percentage and .850 slugging percentage for the month.
BOOM!  My one, small-sample-size example just blew you out of the water, mainstream media!  I just sunk your Battleship!!!