Tavish wrote: Ender wrote:
Except the pitcher doesn't really go any longer in the AL than they do in the NL. AL teams on average get about 15 innings more out of their starters than an NL team does (or about 1% more innings).
This is certainly true and mostly because it is pretty rare for the NL pitcher to come up in a situation where PH for him actually changes anything. It happens like one time per week and the rest of the time the 'strategy' just doesn't matter.
Do you really think that the NL vs AL strategy difference is deciding when to PH for the pitcher?
Pretty much. Occasionally you double switch if the7th or 8th guy made the last out and you are still in the middle of the game. The majority of games you go with a 1 IP RP for the 7th/8th/9th so what happens in the 5th/6th is usually the only real strategy involved. It is just one of those things that people make a big deal out of that isn't a big deal on a daily basis. Now in the most important games it is a bigger deal as you saw in the NL playoffs last year with a lot of pitchers being yanked really early in games and teams actually using most of their bench/bullpen each game, but day to day that just doesn't happen.
The traditionalists will say 'this is how the game is supposed to be played' but that isn't even really true. The game was usually played with just 1 pitcher the whole game and not using 4 pitchers per game and that pitcher would play the field on the days he didn't pitch. The game has changed in so many ways that there is no 'right' way to play it at this point.