jfg wrote:I think finding two guys- One that is superb against left handers and one that is the same against right (LOOGYs and ROOGYs) would work well and cost much less than paying a star closer. There are a bunch of specialty guys in the league with insane numbers against certain handed players. Just thinking of the Twins- 2006:Neshek and Reyes. Combine those two in the 9th and always play the matchups and you're looking good. Obviously Nathan's one of the best. I'm just using that example.
I do think there are guys who can't handle the pressure but I don't think it's only a select few who can. I agree with the post before that it's the other way around. Guys have struggled in the 9th because they're mediocre pitchers not because they can't get a hold of their nerves.
That doesn't work though.
Lets say you have those two guys, one for lefties, one for righties.
What happens when you've got a lineup thats R,L,R like most managers try to do?
Your LOOGY or ROOGY is going to have to pitch against a righty or lefty respectively.
Secondly, you increase the burden on the rest of the bullpen because you're now putting 1 person's job into 2 people.
Nonsense. Of course it can work. It's not like ROOGYs and LOOGYs can ONLY get one type of hitter out and it's not like the manager has to be an automaton who mindlessly uses the pitchers. You use your pitchers with a mind to minimize the chance you use the lead and maximize your advantage. For example, if you like the match-up you have with your ROOGY against the second righty and the righties the other team has on its bench, then you might start the inning with your lefty. With the second hitter, the opposing manager faces a choice of letting his lefty bat against your lefty, or bringing in the RH hitter from his bench, allowing you to call to the pen for the RH match-up that you wanted all along.
And the burden is not significantly increased, since each pitcher is throwing fewer pitches per game. And, again, it's not like you have to do this every time. With a 3 run lead in the 9th, for example, teams in the 60s/70s would have brought in their 3rd or 4th best reliever, rather than handing a really simple save to the closer, saving their best reliever's arm for games where it was really tight.