# Talk about speeding up the game

## Yankees reliever Wandy Peralta strikes out opposing batter in 20 seconds

The traditions involved with going to a baseball game are unbeatable. Even if you’re not a fan of the game, enjoying a day out of the house and talking with friends and/or family about life while everyone around you partakes in a singular activity that they can root and cheer for is always a grand time. Taking in the scenic venue as you walk around the ballpark for an hour, returning to your seat with a hot dog or fries in hand, and still being able to enjoy the end of the game, the most enthralling part, is a great experience. Well, with the introduction of the pitch clock, those types of moments might not happen as often.

That’s a video of Yankees’ pitcher Wandy Peralta striking a hitter out in 20 seconds. At that pace, the entire half-inning would be over in a minute. In two minutes, the entire inning would be over. Now, obviously, there are other factors that play into the length of an inning — different hitters see varying amounts of pitches, the time between innings, and the time it takes for each new batter to step up to the plate. So, let’s examine all those scenarios and determine how long a half-inning would take.

The time between innings is usually just the length of a commercial break, so two or three minutes. Let’s assume the high point and say three minutes. Now, the average number of pitches a hitter sees in an at-bat is about five. If 20 seconds resulted in three pitches being thrown, then five pitches at the same pace would equal 33.33 seconds. Let’s say it takes each new hitter 15 additional seconds to walk up to the box and get set. There are also hits, walks, and errors we have to account for. In 2022, the league-wide WHIP was 1.266. However, with the removal of the defensive shift, let’s assume that number increases for 2023 to about where it was in 2019 — 1.334.