Baseball's Year of the Pitcher

Major League Baseball, eager to put the Steroid Era behind it, is already touting this season as the "Year of the Pitcher."  There have already been two official perfect games, first by Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics and then by Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies.  And who can forget the infamous "perfect game that wasn't" by Armando Galarraga? 

Other pitches who have come close to no-hitters this year include Matt Caine of the San Francisco Giants, C.C. Sabathia of the New York Yankees, Jonathon Niese of the New York Mets, and others.  A lot of pitchers are starting off strong, such as Ubaldo Jiminez of the Colorado Rockies and Mike Pelfrey of the Mets.  Plus rookie Stephen Strasburg lived up to the hype during his stunning debut with the Washington Nationals.

I love well-pitched games, so this has been a terrific season so far.  Many pundits have tried to explain why pitchers are suddenly becoming more dominant again -- whether or not this will continue remains to be seen. 

On the flip side, I also do not want to see the diminishment of hitters' output, which would further legitimize the role that performance enhancing drugs had on homerun numbers since the 1990s.

I want to see naturally great hitters face naturally great pitchers.  I want to see good baseball, and it all boils down to pitching.  It has been a great start to the season so far.  Let us hope it lasts.

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