Whiff: Strikeouts Top Hits In Month For 1st Time

FILE – In this April 12, 2018, file photo, Colorado Rockies’ Trevor Story strikes out swinging during his at-bat against the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington. There were more strikeouts than hits in the first month of the season, when home runs dipped from last year’s record during a cold and wet April. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball had a whiff of offense in the air during a cold and wet April.

Strikeouts exceeded hits during a full calendar month for the first time in the sport’s nearly century-and-a-half history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Nearly one-third of plate appearances this season have ended without the ball being put in play.

“One month is a rather small sample and we are hoping that the phenomenon of strikeouts exceeding hits is an anomaly that will not persist over the course of the season,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in an email to The Associated Press. READ MORE>