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If you're going to call up a guy....

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If you're going to call up a pitcher. For the love of god, let them pitch for god's sakes. I'm sick and tired of management worrying about another Kerry Wood or Mark Prior sighting. That same line of thinking messed up Brandon Morrow and Joba Chamberlain. Pitch counts? Sure, just leave the pitcher in the minors then. He's at the top level, an adult, should be able to take care of HIS OWN body. If you have to put him on a damn pitch count, he's not fully ready. If he can't handle the load of pitching until HE feels he's tired not some random number, then don't pitch him. Injuries are going to happen if they are babied, or not. You paid them to pitch. Not to be on a pacifier. That's my major beef with Strasburg's debut. He struck out SIX straight swinging, had plenty of gas left in the tank. I trust him over Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps. I'm sure you would agree with me there too. Do people sit Ray Allen after the half he had in Game 2? You would be considered to be Bill Bavasi in the intelligence levels. The same people that praise pitch counts are the same people that bashed Erik Bedard for going the same amount of pitches. It's a double standard that needs to stop.
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  1. OrioleMagic's Avatar
    I only partially agree with this. I don't think it would have hurt Strasburg to stay in a particular game longer, but over the course of their first season... pitchers do need to build their endurance to the major league level. Minor leaguers only pitch X amount of innings per season which is significantly less than a solid MLB pitcher who is 180-220 IP per season. If the Nats want Strasburg to still be pitching effectively in September, then the manager did the right thing and pulled him early.
  2. Porter's Avatar
    They even plan on keeping him a strict innings count. Even if they are still in the race. Then if they wanted to keep a limit on him. Keep him in Syracuse. The Majors are for people who are physically ready to pitch. Not be babied.
  3. OrioleMagic's Avatar
    There was a lengthy study on this that was on ESPN or BA a year or more ago. There were statistics about a manager who over-used young pitchers to their downfall. I might be wrong but I think it was the Cubbies when Baker or Baylor (I can't remember which) overused Wood, Prior, and others...
  4. Porter's Avatar
    They were both probably brought up to early as well. The babying destroyed Joba and Morrow's careers. You don't call up pitchers to baby them. Sorry its the MAJORS. Pitch like it. Its going to happen if they get pitched often or not. Stop being scared.
  5. realmofotalk's Avatar
    I also only partially agree with you. On one hand, I agree with the sentiment. If a pitcher demonstrates over a period of time that he is not physically and mentally ready then he should GTFO and we'll move on without him. On the other hand, we should keep in mind in this case, the Nats have invested a ton of money for a 21 year old and they need his arm to be in good shape for years to come, so it's understandable why they would be cautious.
  6. Porter's Avatar
    How will they know if Stephen is ready if they don't let him loose. Sure they invested 15 M in him and all. But they made the decision to call him up this quickly.
  7. OrioleMagic's Avatar
    The countdown to 100 pitches - ESPN

    I think this is one of the articles I was reading. The time frame is about right.
  8. Porter's Avatar
    If pitchers from the 60 or 70s can go pitch 120-130 pitches a start. Why can't the more conditioned athletes of today can. Are they regressing in condition all of a sudden?
  9. OrioleMagic's Avatar
    The article touches on how the entire game has changed. Pitchers have to bear down every single pitch due to the level of offensive talent in all slots in the lineup. I suspect PEDs might be factor as well.