Oddity in the rules that is unavoidable. And one of the many reasons that no one looks at Ws in the pen when figuring alsaries/who to sign as RPs. It is all luck and often a reliever with a lot of wins in the pen did so because he blew a lot of leads.
TheYanks04 wrote:Pitchers used to finish what they started in the old days.
Funny that this should be mentioned now. Yesterday, I was browsing through the stats of some of the star pitchers I followed when I was growing up in the late 60's/early 70's.
Jim Palmer, Catfish Hunter, Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson, etc. 20+ complete game seasons were the norm back then. I can imagine what the pitch counts were like.
Yup... high pitchcounts. That's why there was more turnover with starters, too. They didn't use less pitchers in the past, but the good ones pitched full games a lot. (The '03 M's used 5 pitchers to start all 162 games. That's only the second time it's happened since 1901, the other team being the '66 Dodgers. Think about that... there's no real decline here in pitching performances, just more continuity.)
Your wisemen don't know how it feels to be thick as a brick...
The rule is kind of stupid. but then again, you can't say the initial pitcher "won" the game either. You didn't "hit the game winner" in hoops if you took a lead, other team comes back, then you ultimately won. The game is still in doubt.
The cutoff has to be somewhere.
I know there will be zero here who agree with me, but I will say it anyway.
I think it is dumb that in every instance a pitcher HAS to be named the winner to be honest. Sometimes all the pitchers really do is hurth the cause, and the offense won the game.
TheYanks04 wrote:Oddity in the rules that is unavoidable. And one of the many reasons that no one looks at Ws in the pen when figuring alsaries/who to sign as RPs. It is all luck and often a reliever with a lot of wins in the pen did so because he blew a lot of leads.
yep, you want your relievers to have "holds" and "saves" not "wins" or "losses"
you can't live the dream, if you don't play the game
Why is it you have to complete 4.5 innings (if home team winning) to be a complete game for stats? I mean, rain in the 7th inning and all stats count, even if tied. Rain in the 3rd and all stats wiped away. Both games are replayed. Why? That's just the rules.
Baseball just has funny rules. Saves, for example. Start an inning with a three run lead - save. Come in with one out - no save. Pitch two innings with a 4 run lead - no save. Pitch 3 innings with a 10 run lead - save.
Rule is, a starter needs to go 5 to get a win. There's no excuse for a starter to have a 7-0 lead after 1.5 and throw 106 pitches. He knows the 5 inning rule and yet he nibbled. He got burned. Maybe next time, with a big lead, he'll nibble less, throw fewer pitches and pitch 5+ and get the win.
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