GiantFan666 wrote:Is it just me or have pitchers just gotten weaker and weaker every year? back in the early periods of the game up to the 1930's you would see pitchers throwing like 400-500 innings a year and would have more complete games in a season than most guys today even start. And its not like they had modern medicine then either, they were still using leaches back then to get rid of "bad blood"
i have heard some of old timers say part of the reason they pitched so many innings was the competition. there were more defensive specialists around back then, but now you can have 30 homer guys towards the bottom your lineup. the old times would only have to show their best stuff to a couple hitters and then coast through the rest of the lineup. i wonder what their pitch count looked like? also, higher mounds back then so less strain on the pitcher. not sure but maybe modern pitchers also throw more curves, sliders, and whatnot that are considered more stressful?