04-22-2012, 12:59 AM #1
Joe Sheehan wrote an article in SI, and this is something I have thought about for a long time and I totally agree. He talks about how the "save" has changed the way that managers use there bullpen. If I have my best K/BB ratio guy in my bullpen, I am facing the middle of my lineup up 1 with 1 out guys on 2nd and 3rd in the 7th inning, why am I not putting the best bullpen guy in there? I know why, because of the Save stat. This stat really messes with the best way a manager can use his bullpen. I know I can put my best guy out there in the 7th, and in the 9th if I wanted to I could go lefty righty lefty if I need 3 outs if I want to, why not? I think this is one of the biggest overrated stats in the game, the first manager to start getting away from the "save", and use your best players in the best spots I will give a lot of credit to. Do you really think Matt Capps is a save guy? I don't even know what that really means. I know this for sure, if I was a manager and I had to face the other teams best righty in the 7th or 8th, I am up by one, with a guy on 2nd, I would put my best RH pitcher out there that has the best k/BB ratio. Then the rest of the way I would use the rest of the arms I had in spots that needed it. Why only use your best "reliever/save" guy in the 9th in a "save" situation, that is stupid and the save guy is way overpaid. I agree on one thing, getting the final 3 outs of the game are harder than getting the first 3 guys out of a game. The reason for this is strategy knowing what you need to do as a team to get yourself into the game. Every pitch is magnified. So would closer by committee work against you? My answer is no.