d18Mike wrote:As Black Jack McDowell said earlier this year -- pitch counts are a crap statistic. Sometimes you feel great. Other times you don't. Pitchers know how they feel and it has little to do with a someone upstairs with an abacus.
A lot of the studs of Schmidt's caliber comnmonly threw 110-plus pitches a game for nearly 20 years with few injuries and posted glorious records.
I have Schmidt and I can't think of a starter I'd trade him for.
I've heard this argument so many times, it's getting tiring. "Starting pitchers used to go X number of innings ..." True, and while conditioning has improved, pitchers are conditioned to pitch seven or eight innings. In the past, they were supposed to pitch the whole game.
Today's pitchers do not throw 142.
We're not talking about 115, not 120, 130 or even 140. This is a 142 pitches.
Do you seriously think a Schmidt coming off an offseason injury, who just threw 142 pitches is the best pitcher in the game (fantasy wise)?
I'm back. Sorta.
Do not boo Johnny.