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Wells was first used as a starter in 1990 hitting 133 pitches as a peak. In 1993 he reached 141, 1994 he had a 141 & a 133. 1995 he reached 157 (8 2/3 IP 4 H 1 R 5 BB 7 SO - wouldn't think that would add up to 157 pitches). That's it for 140+ games - there were a few more 130's. So yeah, I could see why he'd say 'so what' to 100 pitches.
But why bring up a book like Moneyball in discussing an unrelated subject?
I see SPs that look like #### forced through 4 IP of 100 pitches b/c the bullpen has no long man. I can guarantee that's worse for the pitcher than throwing 130 pitches in a CG shutout where they have great mechanics and are blowing people away.
But how is 110 any less silly than 100?
I’ve just recently written quite a bit on this subject in The Diamond Appraised baseball column, including my utter dissatisfaction with the current practice of pitch limits and how I believe most teams would be better off to just stop this practice and return to the days of relying on the pitcher’s self-report and the observations of manager, pitching coach, and catcher to determine when to pull a pitcher. Even at the player development level where I strongly encourage teams to exercise care with pitchers in their formative years, I am pleased at the acceptance of the basic principle but am appalled at what most teams think is in line with that principle. In their actual practice, I think they are preventing pitchers from building durability while also employing a strategy that I believe raises the risk of damage to the shoulder, even though they think they are doing the opposite.
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