posted at 10/21/2013 1:22 PM EDT
In response to SpacemanEephus's comment:
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
So, a person like myself would ask the question that no one else dares to ask:
What the hell were they thinking???, why wasn't this guy put in as the closer from day 1?
These front office people, scouts and coaches all have access to all this info plus pages of other stuff we don't have.
What were they thinking with Hanrahan and Bailey ahead of him on the depth chart?
Only thing I can think is that Hanrahan bribed somebody with chicken and beer...does John Henry or Larry Lucchino like chicken and beer?
Zill, the conventional "wisdom" followed by Baltimore and Texas before this year, was that uehara, given his age and amount of wear and tear, was awesome but couldn;t handle the closer load and needed to be carefully babied in order to keep him from breaking down.
The Sox showed the same approach until necessity dictated that they throw that caution to the wind.
Space, you are correct and that demonstrates a major flaw in how teams judge pitcher workloads....they will tell you Koji can't pitch back to back days, or heaven forbid 3 days in a row, because they are viewing him in the context of all other pitchers and his age, but when a guy is getting a 3 out ninth inning save by throwing 11, 12 pitches, most of which are less stressful because no one is one base and he is ahead in the count, it is alot different than another closer getting the same 3 outs but throwing double or triple the pitches....for Koji it is almost like he was warming up in the BP!