Re: The Tampa Bay Rays Are Not Going Away: Part VII
posted at 4/8/2012 9:37 PM EDT
In Response to Re: The Tampa Bay Rays Are Not Going Away: Part VII
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: The Tampa Bay Rays Are Not Going Away: Part VII : OK, Roy, here it is....(From the NY Times) Ryan said. “I felt like we had a lot of pitchers that have been on pitch limits ever since Little League, and we don’t know what their genetic potential is as far as the number of pitches and workload they can handle.” and..."Pitchers, Ryan said, would be expected to last deeper in games." It's well understood that Ryan expects more innings from his starters, in addition, the five starters from last year had their highest career IP totals, with the exception of Colby Lewis, who fell just 2/3rd's of an inning from his career high. So, no, I don't think every other team is having every guy break their personal IP best.
Posted by YOUKILLUS20[/QUOTE]
I know what Ryan said. My point is when I check boxscores, the pitch count for starters who are pitching effectively are right in line with everyone else. Even if IP are personal bests, they're not any different than other teams.
For instance, the Rangers's top two starter averaged 6.5 IP and 6.2 IP per start. Beckett and Lester averaged 6.4 and 6.1. Not a signficant difference.
Look at the first two starts this year.
Lewis was effective but went just six innings, throwing 100 pitches. (2 ER)
Holliand went 6 IP (3 ER) with 93 pitches in game two.
Seems typical of what other teams do.
I'm not dismissing what Ryan said. I'm just saying that for now, if they are doing anything different, it's not anything dramatic yet.