lastingsgriller wrote:I don't know a whole bunch about japanese baseball. does anyone know how the workload relates to the majors? number of games, number of pitchers in a rotation, yearly innings averages, etc.. also, anyone know much about the weather in Nippon?
A significant innings increases plus texas heat in August could really spell disaster (if it's a big change from his current situation)..
Innings increase? Probably not, he already has 1200 career innings and he is only 25.
Nevertheless, there are some notable differences between the Japanese Leagues and MLB. In Japan they use a different baseball (this has been been mentioned as a reason why some Japanese pitchers struggle in the US). Second, in Japan many teams use a six man rotation, and since Mondays is an off day in Japan, Japanese pitchers typically pitch with 6 days rest.
"I do not think baseball of today is any better than it was 30 years ago... I still think Radbourne is the greatest of the pitchers." John Sullivan 1914-Old athletes never change.