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Baseball Analyst: Since the 2000 season, the average number of strikeouts per player has dramatically increased in Major League Baseball. The 2011 and 2012 seasons have the highest averages on record. Some writers have argue that batters, trying to hit homeruns at the same elevated rate at which they were hit in the “steroid” era, are taking increasingly larger swings, making them that much more vulnerable to striking out. But the real reason is enhanced video review. Pitchers are not necessarily any more talented than in the past, but they all watch video on each and every batter, studying his unique weaknesses, and, well-informed, are better able to exploit those weaknesses in game situations, even weaknesses of those batters with more compact swings.
Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the baseball analyst’s argument? (A) Both the total number of homeruns and the average number of homeruns per batter have decreased steadily since 2000. (B) Batters who hit more singles and have shorter swings strike out, on average, far less than the power hitters who are trying to hit homeruns. (C) Baseball bats now, on average, are much lighter and easier to swing fast than were bats of fifty years ago. (D) Most batters also watch video of each and every pitcher, learning to detect what pitches he throws and how he releases each pitch. (E) Catchers and pitching coaches watch the same video that pitchers watch, and they are in a position to advise pitchers on different batters throughout the game
I cold come down to A and E and then marked A. What is wrong in option A
Dear bsahil, I'm happy to help.
(A) is a good distractor. This is tricky --- there's the widespread argument, which associates the increase in strikeouts with the decrease in homeruns, and then this argument presents a new view, about the impact of videos. Thus, supporting this latter argument, the speaker's argument, cannot support the first argument, which the speaker opposes.
In GMAT CR, it's very important to be careful with the different voices in an argument. Many GMAT CR arguments are of the form, "many people say THING #1, but I say THING #2". It does not support this argument to support THING #1.
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