Skin Blues wrote:Anibal with 2 walks and 2 hits allowed in the first inning against the Twins. After going 122 pitches in a 10-0 rout 5 days ago. When will teams stop needlessly leaving their starters in games to throw too many pitches? Maybe it's all just anecdotal coincidence but this seems to happen a lot. And it's not just hindsight, I said it was a bad idea the day he threw all those pitches.
Harvey just got off a 121 pitch start. Would you bench him regardless of the matchup his next time out due to this?
No it's not a black and white thing, with some magic threshold. But I've just noticed that guys who throw more pitches than usual have a tendency to struggle in the month or so following it. It's not scientific, so yeah it could just be confirmation/selection bias (guys who throw more pitches than they usually do are also probably pitching better than they usually do, so when they're "normal" the next time out it seems worse), but it would be interesting to look into. I wish I had the means to look into stuff like this but I really have no idea how to go about it.
But the fact remains, that Anibal threw way more pitches than was necessary in his last start. They were up 10-0 in the 4th inning. And this start, he's given up 7 baserunners in 3 innings against a terrible Twins team that is second last in the league in wRC+.