Re: Why Buch is about to step into the ACE role....
posted at 3/24/2013 10:12 AM EDT
In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
Also, Nieves and Farrell suggested the faster pace from what Ive read. Another reason Dempster is a good fit on this team.
I agree that Dempster is a good fit for this team. He won't pitch as well as he did for the Cubs last year, but he won't pitch as poorly as he did for the Rangers either.
As far as the faster pace goes, I have wondered for a couple of years now why the slow pace between pitches hasn't been addressed. I recently posted this on another site:
Last year, out of 243 starting pitchers, Clay was the 2nd slowest between pitches, at 25.6 seconds. I believe the average time between pitches is 21.2 seconds (quoting that from memory, so it may be off a little). By contrast, Buehrle was the quickest at 17.2 seconds.
The Red Sox starters, as a whole, took the more time between pitches than any other starting staff, with an average of 24 seconds between pitches.
Here's where the other Sox starters ranked, out of 243 starters:
#5, Dice - 25.1 seconds
#6, Beckett - 24.6 seconds
#18, Bard, Doubront, Morales - 23.9 seconds
#38, Lester - 23.2 seconds
#172, Cook - 20.6 seconds
Taking a long time between pitches seems to have been an organizational philosophy. I'm not sure why, since I've always heard that pitchers are at their best when they work quickly and can get into a rhythm. I am really glad to see Farrell and the pitching coaches working on quickening the pace.
I heard them say that Buch is down to about 18-19 seconds in between pitches. I can understand taking a little more time when theres a runner on who is a stolen base threat to mess up his timing, but overall hes much quicker. IMO, Its a better way of pitching as it allows you to get in a better flow and doesnt give the hitter a lot of time to think about things.
The other starters have noticably sped things up as well...