Wednesday, August 28, 2013
And The Baby Birds were babies!
Pitchers need to throw more. That’s the problem, and that’s also the answer when it comes to this epidemic of starters and relievers completing a cycle these days. First, they have impressive outings. Then they encounter aches and pains out of nowhere. After that, they sprint to the disabled list before a trip to a surgeon’s operating table.
Here’s the latest: Matt Harvey.
...It’s got to be that throwing (or the lack thereof) thing, not only for the Braves, but for everybody, because pitchers used to throw forever. I’m talking about in the Major Leagues, in the Minor Leagues, in Little Leagues and in sandlot leagues. And let’s get that ridiculous example out of the way in Walter Johnson. After he made his Major League debut in 1903, he pitched 200 innings or more 18 times in 21 years. He even went nine straight seasons throwing 300 innings or more. Two-hundred innings once was the standard for starting pitchers during a given season. Now, not so much.
...So much for the tried-and-true approach of Mazzone/Sain for keeping pitchers whole more often than not. Instead, during the eight years since Mazzone left the Braves, baseball has become strikingly more protective of pitchers. Among other things, managers yank starters and relievers at the slightest sign of trouble, partly due to the emphasis on bullpen specialists, but mostly due to a heavy dependence on pitch counts. Once a pitcher reaches a certain number of pitches during a game or even a season, he’s history, just like Stephen Strasburg last autumn.
I mean, how are these pitch counts working overall these days when it comes to keeping guys in the lineup?
Posted: August 28, 2013 at 06:53 AM | 54 comment(s)
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Stop going to New York! First Tim Hudson, now Jason Heyward! Just forfeit the games, the price is too high!
NEW YORK —
The Braves’ short two-game series in New York wasn’t quite short enough. The team watched their dynamic young right fielder Jason Heyward get struck in the right jaw by a Jonathon Niese fastball in the sixth inning Wednesday, giving the Braves another horrific-looking injury at Citi Field in their past two trips here.
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