Saturday, April 14, 2007

Now that's a pitcher!

Roy Halladay pitched 10 innings for the Toronto Blue Jays last night, as they beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1. Complete games are rare enough in today's game, let alone a guy pitching extra frames. Most overpriced starting pitchers go 6 innings and think they've done their job. Halladay is a stud, a beast, an old school kind of guy and wants to finish what he started...and I love that! It's probably not long before rotations go to 6 men because these modern day pussies, oops I mean pitchers, can't take the workload and organizations caudal them. As recently as the 1980's, teams were still using the 4-man rotation, with guys going 300 innings a season. The evolution of the game isn't always a positive thing in my opinion.



klkatz said...

Schilling would go 10 if needed.

It is a lost skill... take a look at Robin Roberts' stats and see how many complete games he had in his career...

From 1949 to 1960 he had at least 13 complete games every season. He had a run of at least 20 CGs in 8 of 9 seasons from 1950 to 1958... and he's just one example.

Today's pitchers are pansys compared to the studs of yesteryear.

GM-Carson said...

Too much is made out of these bull shit pitch counts. If a man is firing strikes and winning you the ballgame and isn't in a tough jam endangering the club of a loss, leave him in to do his job.

The evolution of the game has changed the starters role. First it was the closer making boku bucks, and nows it the setup men, and before long even 6th inning "specialists" will be getting millions tossed their way.

BloodStripes said...

Kudos to Halladay for going 10 and the Toronto mangager for leaving him in there.

Robin Roberts is a legend!

BenJah said...

i feel two ways about this issue:

1st - i think most mlb players are pansies; they only man-up in their contract years (see lopez, javy and beltre, adrian). the management is also at fault for babying them through the minors.

2nd - i've coached a lot kids over the years (and watched even more on other teams) btw the ages of 10 and 16 and i've seen many very talented pitchers blown out by irresponsible management. i am a firm believer in pitch counts for all of my players. i refuse to let even my older kids throw breaking pitches (i show them cutters and changeups instead). it's really sad when a player reaches his peak at 13 and can't ever go anywhere with his pitching.

in my opinion, blowing out the young talent is a major reason why major league pitching is so weak.

Anonymous said...

go jays go halladay pitchs 10 boo yah