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SI Insider: Why Pitchers Are a Level Above Hitters So Far

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SI Senior Writer Tom Verducci breaks down the apparent disparity between pitchers and hitters this season. 

Batters are striking out way more often, every four times they go up to the plate, and all the major offensive stat categories are down so far this year. Are pitchers getting better? Are hitters getting worse? Or is it all a game of analytics and defense now?

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