Posted by Richard Herr at 5:47 PM
I've only seen parts of some of the Mets' games, but I think I'm observing something going on. It appears to me that the umpires are calling a much more rigid strike zone. If a pitch comes in a quarter of an inch off the plate, it's called a ball. I'm seeing pitchers complaining to umps about close pitches that used to have the batters berating the man in blue. I'd guess the word came down from the league office that they wanted a much more consistent strike zones from all of the umpires. I extrapolate that this is a move to inspire more offense. It seems that the Mets are scoring more runs. Is that true around the majors?