SI Insider: The Hitting Environment in MLB Continues to Get More Difficult

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Jose Altuve hit .154 with zero home runs when he hit against a relief pitcher for the first time. This trend is prevalent throughout the league's hitters and indicative of batters having an increasingly tough time at the plate. SI's Tom Verducci shares how relief pitching greatly impacts batters with what he calls 'isolated at-bats'.