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Baseball's season of extremes

Data: Baseball Reference; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

In the midst of the "Juiced Ball" era, Major League Baseball is on pace for a record number of home runs this season (1.36 per game).

Yes, but: Teams are also striking out more than ever (8.7 per game), which has negatively impacted on-base percentage, the lifeblood of offense.

The bottom line: These two all-time highs cancel each other out, creating a bizarre reality in which the 2019 season — despite a historic number of dingers — is on pace to be just the 57th-highest scoring season since 1900.

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