Not sure even discovering the God particle can straighten this one out.
the Colorado Rockies are doing something with their pitchers that no team has ever tried: a “four-man pairing rotation” with the starters limited to (approximately) 75 pitches, and pre-set “piggyback” reliefers taking over, and those “understudies” limited to 50 pitches.
How’s it going so far? From Troy Renck’s studied treatment:
Through the first 10 games of the grand experiment, the Rockies’ rotation, on a flexible 75-pitch limit that will grow if the starters become more effective and more durable, posted an 8.56 ERA, compared with a 6.28 ERA for the starters in the season’s first 65 games. The relievers’ workload has increased, as expected, with the bullpen absorbing nearly five innings per game as opposed to slightly less than four with the conventional five-man rotation.
1. It’s only 10 games.
2. I’m surprised it’s lasted 10 games.
I mean, in the face of such brilliant failure, most teams probably would have given up already. So I admire Jim Tracy and Dan O’Dowd for their tenacity. Or their stubbornness. Or whatever you want to call it.
The Rockies do have three things to lose here:
- pitchers, to injuries.
Well, also pitching coaches and they already lost their first pitching coach. Now they have two of them. It’s just another part of the Experiment, I guess…
I admire the Rockies for trying something different. They’re probably wrong and the Conventional Wisdom is probably right, because the Conventional Wisdom is usually right.