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MLB.com: Did you cheat?
Sutton: No, I never got caught cheating.
No, I never got caught cheating.
Putting aside the issue of cheating, Sutton's right about pitch counts. 100 is an arbitrary number that is treated by too many as some kind of one-size-fits-all barrier. Pitch counts should be a guide, not a hard and fast limit.
If a pitcher struggles through 100 pitches, missing his spots and struggling with his control, he's probably spent. But if he's pitching well, throwing strikes and commanding his pitches, he can probably go 110, 120, maybe 130 pitches. There needs to be some subtlety applied to pitch counts.
166 GS >= 110 pitches
568 GS >= 100 pitches
701 GS >= 97 pitches
1,037 GS >= 90 pitches
Rk Max 1 Clayton Kershaw* 1322 Homer Bailey 1253 Lance Lynn 1244 Julio Teheran 1235 Cliff Lee* 1226 Matt Harvey 1217 Adam Wainwright 1208 Cole Hamels* 1189 Mike Minor* 11710 Jonathon Niese* 11711 Wandy Rodriguez* 11712 Stephen Strasburg 11713 Gio Gonzalez* 11614 Jake Westbrook 11615 Madison Bumgarner* 11516 Brandon McCarthy 115
He said in an interview last week that he hates pitch counts.
“I say it with a laugh in my voice when I broadcast: ‘That’s 100 pitches. On the next one, he’s going to turn into a troll.’ At 101, you just disappear. Poof, you’re gone,” Sutton said.
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