Posted on January 21, 2013 by Daniel Marino
I will be in the minority here, and many will disagree with my sentiments and theories, but I believe pitch counts are a total farce. I believe Tommy John surgeries are performed when two weeks of rest would be a sufficient alternative.
Pitch counts were created by greedy agents who want their meal tickets to pitch as few innings as possible. What if I told you that I believe pitch counts could actually harm a pitcher and cause the needless surgeries? Do I have medical records to justify my belief? No, I do not. Am I a doctor? No, and I don’t even play one on TV. However, I have questions that I will ask for those of you who disagree with my theory. (more…)
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Posted on September 26, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
Stephen Strasburg is only one year removed from Tommy John surgery and has already logged 18 big league innings over four starts and 20.1 minor league innings this year. Washington Nationals prized arm and the top pitching prospect in recent memory has made a remarkable recovery from a surgery that usually keeps a pitcher out much longer.
The most remarkable part about Strasburg’s recovery is that command usually takes a full year and a half to come back, yet, Strasburg has not walked a single major league hitter in his 18 innings of duty. Take a quick look at his stats, albeit in small sample sizes: 18 innings, 14 strikeouts, 0 walks, 0 homeruns, 2.00 ERA, 1.47 FIP, and 0.8 fWAR.
In only a handful of inning he has already been worth more than most relievers over a full season. The stat line of Strasburg in those handful of innings are incredibly encouraging but he is not the same pitcher he was before the injury.
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