Re: seeing more pitches during these 9 games
Working pitchers has been the team's strength for a while now (since the advent of Chris Chambliss). In general you'd expect an average team to see 135 pitches a game (15 per inning) so once you get north of 150 pitches you've effectively caused the opposition to do an extra inning's worth of work.
Dunn (4.13 pitches per plate appearance) and Ryan Freel (4.12) are the team leaders in working pitchers. Austin Kearns (4.11) and Felipe Lopez (4.07) were third and fourth before the trade. Edwin Encarnacion (4.00) and Scott Hatteberg (3.93) are also very good in working pitchers. Presuming Freel and Denorfia (4.21 so far) get the bulk of the RF playing time, that shouldn't affect the offense. Yet the Castro/Clayton combination will probably see roughly half a pitch less per PA than Lopez did. Add in the extra outs (which means less total PAs for the team) and that will be a drag on the team total.
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