You know, hitters COULD strike out a lot less than they do. It’s a conscious decision. They could hit earlier in the counts. They could bunt more. They could stop being so pull-conscious. They could go the other way more often. But as of right now, teams believe that they have a better chance of scoring runs with today’s hitting philosophy — even with a historic level of strikeouts — than they would going the way of, say, the Kansas City Royals, who don’t walk, don’t hit home runs, but put the ball in play.
Maybe they’re right. But for how much longer? How much higher can the strikeout rate go?