The art of the 100 pitch start
Posted by keithosaunders on June 3, 2010
At some point in baseball — maybe it was Tony LaRussa – somebody decreed that 100 pitches was the magic number for EVERY single pitcher. I don’t buy it. They didn’t take Gibson or Carlton out automatically. The last time I looked they had long, successful careers. Not all arms are created equal. Some tire after 90 pitches and some can go well over 120.
There’ are few closers that have a shelf life as long as Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman. Most of them are average at best.
Here’s an idea. It’s pretty radical, but humor me. Suppose your ace pitcher, who is arguably one of the two or three best pitchers in the game pitches eight innings of shutout ball. Let’s say the pitch count is 105 pitches. Now please don’t laugh because what I’m about to say is going to sound radical. OK, here comes the funny part. Are you ready?
You leave him in for the 9th.
Sorry, I don’t know what came over me. I have to stop drinking this early in the day.