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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Is the dramatic comeback dead?

Is the dramatic comeback dead?

Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated thinks that it is. His reasoning: Teams have loaded up their bullpen with power-armed specialists who are just so good that if a team gets to the late innings with a lead, they are more likely to keep it, and thus scuttle the chances for someone to make a dramatic comeback in the late innings.

A lot of the great games in baseball history involve late-inning heroics and comebacks from the brink. Everyone loves a comeback, but Verducci suggests that if the comeback becomes a lost art, it will suck all the life out of baseball.

His evidence for his argument was to show a chart with aggregate OBPs from innings 1-3, 4-6, and 7-9. In recent years, all three lines are trending downward, but the space between the lines is growing. Teams just don’t give up as many hits and walks; the seeds of the two-run rally that turns a one-run deficit into a one-run win-in the late innings any more.

Baseball is dying. Again.

There’s just one little problem.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, comebacks, tom verducci

Monday, March 28, 2016

John Smoltz does not like how starting pitchers are used in today’s game

“The analytic world, they’re right in this one respect: They are run-preventing better than ever before, so that model works. But it’s short-sighted, not long-term effective. The game to me will suffer by lessening the role of the starter and thinking that you’re protecting the starter, when in essence the injuries are harder and greater than they’ve ever been.

“And you’re not really getting the full capacity out of a guy who you’re giving $210 million. As long as they feel like arms are coming and they can shuffle the deck and everybody can be that power arm that doesn’t develop that second and third pitch, I think we’re stunting the growth of some greatness that we’re allowing just max effort, rpm, go get it, give me five, six [innings] that’s all I need.

Wahoo Sam Posted: March 28, 2016 at 01:15 PM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, john smoltz, starting rotation

 

 

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