Re: pitching decisions
posted at 5/24/2011 11:49 AM EDT
In Response to Re: pitching decisions
[QUOTE]Full disclosure: I would have left Buchholz in to close the 8th if he could. There's no guarantee he would have gotten those two outs, of course, but he was looking good and his pitch count was low. And that runner wouldn't have been on second had Pedey not gotten hurt. That's what I, a fan watching at home, would have done. That said ... Francona did virtually the same thing Sunday night against the Cubs. He lifted Wakefield, who was just as effective as Buchholz, for Bard with two outs in the 7th. It worked perfectly: Bard got four outs on 22 pitches, and Papelbon closed it out. Bottom line: The only reason for the bitching today is because Bard didn't do his job last night.
Posted by LloydDobler[/QUOTE]
I understand the need to moniter the pitcher's work, but I have a bit of a problem with using 330 for three games as a magic number. If he was pitching smoothly, maybe you use a range. See if he can get out of the inning or let him got a batter or two longer if he keeps getting outs.
That said, Bard's job is to come and get the two outs. And the morons who put Francona on an island like he's the only one who uses pitchers like this. It was Curt Young's program of 330 pitches for three games. He's doing the same thing he did in Oakland. The bashers need to take their heads out of .... (fill in the blank) and pay attention to the game.
For the millionths time. This is how the game is managed today. All teams, while limits may vary, use pitch counts and innings to moniter their pitchers. Occasionally a pitcher might be extended like Buch the other game, but they'll make up for it in other games.
Like one poster mentioned on another thread, and I apologize that I don't remember who posted it. The Rangers, despite Nolan Ryan's talk about extending pitchers, led the majors in bullpen innings.