Collette Calls: Are Things Really Heating Up?

Collette Calls: Are Things Really Heating Up?

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

Most of the United States is under a heatwave, at least in the western part of the country. I was podcasting with BaseballHQ's Ryan Bloomfield today who said the projected high in Oregon was 115, which is mind blowing considering it has been higher than 90 degrees maybe five days here in Charlotte this year. We typically see an annual spike in the offense as temperatures warm, but 2021 also offers us the additional wrinkle of the random enforcement of substances of the baseball after the league looked the other way for entirely too long.  It is too early in the new world order to make any definitive statements on the impact of the sudden and harsh changes, but this graph from Rob Arthur at BP shows just how dramatic spin rates have been impacted:

We are likely going to see a spike in offense in the coming weeks as the high spin stuff disappears and the thermostats continue to rise. As play begins June 27, we are indeed seeing a spike in offense when looking at the pitching numbers. The league-wide ERA in March/April was 3.99, and that jumped to 4.08 in May, and

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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 theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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