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Tim Graham's Power Take: Homers are great, but 2017 shaping up as a year of the pitcher

Scooter Gennett, of all people, hit four home runs in a game. Each of Aaron Judge's at-bats is an event. Albert Pujols crushed a grand slam for his 600th home run.

The best part of the season, however, has been sublime pitching. Historic numbers are being posted. Strikeouts per nine innings are at an all-time high. And Clayton Kershaw continues to make a case for being among the greatest to throw.

Folks are starting to wonder if the Dodgers left-hander already can be considered more dominant than Sandy Koufax. Kershaw won Wednesday while combining with Nationals righty Stephen Strasburg to allow one earned run and strike out 17.

Strasburg notched his 1,166th strikeout, third all-time over the first 1,000 innings of a career. Later in the game, Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen struck out his 41st batter, the most without a walk to start any season.

Houston Texans lefty Dallas Keuchel went for a 10-0 start Wednesday night. Nationals righty Max Scherzer has 38 K's over his past 24.2 innings. Red Sox starter Chris Sale and reliever Craig Kimbrel have obscene 0.93 and 0.49 WHIPs.

Marlins righty Edinson Volquez pitched a no-hitter Sunday.

Pitchers so far are swinging the hammer.

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