bucksox wrote:I know it's a new era of baseball, but I think we are looking a little to hard at pitch count these days. Historically this was never a big issue. Now it is such a big deal. It might have more to do with the way programs are rushing the development of pitchers that is having them have arm problems. I do not know that, but just a thought.
I think the pitch count is a great thing. It's quatifying how much wear a pitcher is taking. I think the mistake lies in how it is sometime applied.
If a pitcher historicly pitches well past the 100 pitch mark (i.e. Livan Hernandez) then he should be fine to continue after he's reached that mark. If another pitcher (especially a MR) reaches the 100 pitch mark there's a bit more cause for concern.
Pitch counts aren't perfect, but at least it's attempt to put some numbers behind the decision to pull the pitcher or leave him in.