“We realize this is a little bit out of the box and we realize that there is some risk involved,” [G.M. Dan O’Dowd] said, adding, “Nothing is ever rewarded if you try to do something that is meek.”. O’Dowd pointed out that a pitcher’s E.R.A. typically rises half a point every time he cycles through an opponent’s lineup during a game. He said the primary goals were to get through the season while preventing injuries and limiting the number of runs scored against the Rockies.
“We have found that every starter who has pitched here for 185 to 200 innings for three consecutive years over the lifetime of this franchise has broken down with a significant injury,” he said.
The four-man rotation (minus the pitch count) was standard in baseball until the early 1970s. O’Dowd’s system will be a success, he said, not if it puts a team that is just five years removed from the World Series back into the playoffs, but if it reduces the number of pitches thrown by the Rockies by almost 25 percent over the course of a season.
“We are trying to create a mind-set with our young starters that if you want to stay in the game, you need to throw more quality and consistent strikes in the strike zone,” he said. “We are challenging them to do that.”
Posted: July 15, 2012 at 07:11 PM | 24 comment(s)
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