Alan -- you may want to point out that 1988 was the first year that BP has data for Pit/GS. Otherwise it looks like you're cherry-picking data.
At the first link posted: "Complete pitch data goes back to just 1988 ..."I'd love to go further back, but I can't.1988: 96 pit/GS1990: 93 pit/GS1995: 94 pit/GS2000: 97 pit/GS2005: 95 pit/GS2009: 95 pit/GS
Please stop confusing our story with facts.
But if more pitchers pitched complete games (is that not true also?), were they just more efficient? I wonder how many pitches were thrown by starters in the 60s and 70s. 1988 seems like a fairly modern cut-off date.
I take it as a combination of more patient hitters today and pitchers who tend to nibble.The difference between then and now is sometimes a pitcher would throw a ton of pitches. It happened back then. It also happens now but a lot less.That's what I gather from it, anyways.
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