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Collette Calls: Wins of Change

Jason Collette

Jason Collette

Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Towers of Power Baseball Hour Podcast on iTunes. He was selected as the Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year by FSWA in 2013.

Strikeouts are a growing trend in baseball as the league strikeout percentage continues to rise in recent seasons. What was once 17 percent league-wide is now 20 percent here in 2013.

There are a few theories as to why this is happening, but one that is tough to refute is the fact that the game is becoming more specialized from the mound. Not only are we seeing better secondary pitches from certain pitchers, but we are seeing more utilization of bullpens that are loaded with fresh arms that can fire 95-plus mph seeds to the plate.

Managers are not hesitating to use their relievers frequently these days. Consider that from 2010 to 2012, there were just 10 different pitchers that threw at least 80 games in a single season. This season, nearly every team played their 81st game of the season yesterday officially putting us in the true second half of baseball and 10 different relievers have worked in at least

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