The use of the strategy is at an all-time high, and so are strikeouts. Batting averages, meanwhile, are at a 46-year low.
Both teams are on pace to win more than 100 games. But the team that doesn't win the division will face a 'coin-flip' game to start the playoffs.
Analytics may not have prompted a career-year-type start by Markakis, but they certainly approve of his approach at the plate in 2018.
"Before, we hoped to win,” Atlanta Manager Brian Snitker said, “and now we expect to win."
The midsummer classic would be greatly enhanced by the presence of the player who to this point has been the biggest story in the game.
Though the committee assembled for the study was unable to prove the exact cause of the reduced drag, it offered several hypotheses.
Justify held off Bravazo at Pimlico Race Course and will attempt to become the 13th Triple Crown winner in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
The owners of Maryland’s two thoroughbred tracks said they prefer moving the storied race to Laurel Park over rebuilding its home since 1873.
Abysmal conditions and a field of seven upset-minded rivals will confront the favorite, who is trying to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
The victory celebration in Philadelphia featured tears of joy, leaps from hotel awnings and even a light-pole sword fight.