Final Pace of Play

2015_MLB_Pace_of_Play_1Data via Baseball-Reference.com

As shown above, the average length of MLB games rose in August and September, approaching 2014 levels. But much of the trend was driven by an increase in pitches per game: The average game used 288 pitches in the season’s final two months, up from 281 previously. (In contrast, pitches per game declined from 285 to 280 over the same period in 2014.)

On a per-pitch basis, 2015 games remained notably faster on a year-over-year basis:

2015_MLB_Pace_of_Play_2Follow: @DiamondGraphs