All of the talk at the beginning of summer around Major League Baseball was surrounding pitchers using foreign substances to enhance their grip to increase spin-rates. With the league-wide batting average plummeting to a 52-year low, it was clear that MLB had to do something to level the playing field between pitchers and hitters.
First, the league sent a memo to all 30 clubs informing them of the drastic changes that were being implemented to police pitchers and prevent them from applying substances like pine tar, Pelican Grip, Spider Tack and a variety of other concoctions hurlers have been using to doctor baseballs. Then on June 21st, MLB introduced new measures that called for umpires to periodically check pitchers for substances throughout the game. Since then, spin rates have gone down and offense has steadily increased across the board.
However, while some team’s overall pitching has declined since the crackdown, the Dodgers have seen two of their frontline starters post better numbers in Julio Urias and Walker Buehler.
Giants Broadcaster Calls Out Dodgers
Overall, the Dodgers’ arms have posted the lowest team ERA since the crackdown at 2.66. Well, don’t tell that to Giants play-by-play broadcaster, Dave Flemming, who boldly claimed that MLB’s crackdown on foreign substances negatively impacted the Dodgers season and not the Giants.
We discuss Dave Flemming’s take and dive into the number to debunk his bold claims.
The Dodgers pitching staff has a 2.66 ERA since the crackdown on June 21st. That's best in MLB and better than the 3.22 ERA they had prior.
Buehler = 7-3, 2.27 ERA
Urias = 8-1, 2.38 ERA
Both are top 6 in NL over that span (min 75 IP)
Numbers don't fit the narrative
— Rick Krajewski (@Rick_K21) September 14, 2021
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