Re: Something new--let's try "first-guessing" Bobby V
posted at 4/26/2012 12:21 PM EDT
Space, Burrito -- I think you're focusing too much on innings and not pitch count. I do agree that there were times when I felt Francona could have pushed the starters another inning, but I think when they came out had to do more with pitch county and not inning.
The pitch count the Sox starters had when they came out were not out of line with most starters. I think there were times when you look at the pitch count and think the starter could have gone a bit further, but Francona, like a lot of managers, liked to bring in relievers to start innings clean. If a pitcher had 104 pitches after six innings, the thinking was that it was unlikely that the pitcher would be out of the inning in 10-12 pitches, so let's just bring in the reliever now.
If you look at Bobby V., while he might be trying to push starters a bit more -- maybe -- their pitch counts are in line with what you typically see nowadays:
Beckett's last three starts -- 8 IP, 94 pitches; 7 IP, 110 piches; 6 IP, 100 pitches.
Lester (excluding his 2.2 inning game): 7 IP, 107; 8 IP, 116; 7 IP, 112.
Buchholz (last three): 7 IP, 104; 6 IP, 103; 5.1 IP, 107.
Doubront: 5 IP, 101; 5 IP, 96; 6 IP, 99.
Bard: 5 IP, 96; 6.2, 111.
Bobby V. did push Bard too much in the last start., but overall, pitch counts are in line with what Francona got from them. The innings come simply by how effecient they are.