The ‘New’ Ways to Manage Pitchers in Major League Baseball


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The 'New' Ways to Manage Pitchers in Major League Baseball

It’s rare to see starters relieving, it’s rare to see relievers starting and pitching two innings but it’s something that won’t stop happening.

The baseball continues to evolve and now in the World Series we return to having in the conversation the way in which the pitchers are being managed in this series that is the most important of the Big leagues.

In Game 3, the Atlanta Braves decided to remove Ian Anderson from the game despite the fact that the starter of the National League champions had not allowed hits in five innings, that a few years ago would have been sacrilege but in 2021, without saying that it is normal, it is something that it is seen more and more frequently.

In the end Atlanta won the third of the Fall Classic so Brian Snitker’s decision ended up being the correct one.

For game four, the Braves Dylan Lee got the ball in the first inning, and something happened that had never happened before in the majors. A pitcher had his first start in Big leagues in a World Series.

In previous rounds, the way in which the Dodgers they managed their pitchers in their two series. In some games they sent relievers to open part then insert the arms of their rotation to pitch.

While it is true that it is not something new, the ‘new’ ways in which the arms are being administered in the postseason cause surprise and disbelief in a large sector of fans of the sport. baseball.

Most of us grew up with certain ideas about how a team’s pitchers should be handled or managed, and watching these trends evolve creates a natural debate about whether or not it’s something that brings you closer to victory.

Teams Big leagues They now have so much information at hand that this type of decision is based on the statistics that sabermetry gives them. That it is not conventional does not mean that they are occurrences and that seems to me that it is the main learning that we can have.

Personally, what I like the most and draws my attention is that the players of the teams do not seem to have a problem with these decisions, in the end the most important thing is to win and if taking unconventional decisions brings you closer to it, it is worth trying.

It’s rare to see starters relieving, it’s rare to see relievers starting and pitching two innings but it’s something that’s been going on for at least a couple of years and it won’t stop happening.


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