The batting order did its part to help set the major league record for strikeouts in a game by both teams

A number of people helped establish the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Cleland, the first executive secretary for the Hall, might be more responsible than anyone. He worked much of the 1930s to assemble a collection, oversee construction and handle many other duties ahead of Cooperstown’s first induction day in 1939. Other sports, such as hockey, have put people in its Hall of Fame who contributed to it. Alas, Cooperstown has been light on honoring its pioneers.

The batting order did its part to help set the major league record for strikeouts in a game by both teams (48). Chicago fanned 26 times against seven New York pitchers. Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Willson Contreras all K’d three times. Javier Baez struck out twice.

Bryant’s .946 OPS is far and away the best among the regulars. After that it’s Baez (.794) and Rizzo (.769), with everyone else falling below them. Contreras is at .610.

To their credit, the Cubs scratched out three runs in the bottom of the ninth against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to tie the game. Rizzo forced in the tying run when he was smoked on the left forearm by a 100 mph fastball with two outs and the bases loaded.

Let’s fast-forward to 2016: Major league pitchers threw 100 or more pitches in just 35.7 percent of starts last season, per baseball-reference.com. That’s the lowest percentage over the past 10 seasons (40.7 percent in 2007 was the previous low). A plurality of pitchers (49.2 percent) lasted between 80 and 99 pitches last season. Pitchers failed to crack 80 pitches in the remaining 15 percent of starts. That’s the highest such percentage since ’07.

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