In an effort to get more content to you, our readers, I’m going to try and post a graph of the week every Monday. Some weeks it will be historical, some contemporary. Most of the time it will be accompanied by very little comment from me, but will hopefully stimulate a little discussion.
This weeks graph is focused on pitcher hitting. As I was looking at the 1934 Cardinals (The Gas House Gang) I noticed that both Dean brothers were pretty good hitters. With that, I was interested if any particular generation of Cardinals had better hitting pitchers. The following chart has one representation of that information
The chart shows the count of number of seasons were pitchers posted greater than 0.5 rWAR at the plate per decade. Since WAR was used, this shows which decades had hitters that were better than their contemporaries, not necessarily better in an absolute sense.