- Nov 2, 2018
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You got that right. MLB is getting more and more like the NFL with so many situational players. No more set lineups you send out there daily....no more starters going 8 or 9 innings....all kinds of righty vs lefty lineups and vice versa. At some point it won't be 100 pitches anymore either. It'll be starter 4/5 innings, middle 6/7, setup 8 and closer 9. The DH allows for bigger pitching staffs and guys like Ross will use them. The deeper your team is the better.
I've always wanted to toy with the idea of trying to do a take on a 6 man rotation in a video game where you pair two pitchers to alternate "starts" and "relief" where both pitchers go for 3 innings in a 3 game set. The idea being that batters tend to do much better the 2nd and 3rd time they see a pitcher in a given day so you try to limit the number of times a pitcher goes through a lineup to maybe 15 batters or 3 IP and then do it again after 2 days of rest. In theory, each pitcher would get 27 starts and 27 relief appearances at 3 innings each, giving him 162 IP for a season. The relief appearances would be innings 4-6, making them eligible to get the win should the team get or protect a lead. If you could mix up styles, you could keep a line up out of synch most games. Essentially the entire staff would be bull pen pitchers. With the elimination of bringing in a pitcher to pitch to one hitter unless it ends the inning, the one out specialist is no longer there.
If no one cares about qualifying for the ERA title, you make it 8 guys creating a 4-man rotation and you still have a set up, closer, and 3 mop up/long relief guy slots. Completely insane, but . . . yeah, just insane.