Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
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Friday, May 11, 2012
A stupid thought... why not bring in Strasburg in the 3rd?
Stephen Strasburg was dominant tonight.
13 strikeouts in 6 innings letting up only 1 earned run.
He got the win but they handed the ball off to the bullpen in the 7th. Why? Because he hit the 100 pitch mark and Washington is still inching him along after his Tommy John surgery.
So in the critical 7th, 8th and 9th innings, where the margin for error is smaller, the Nationals weren't using their best pitcher.
Now the three relievers they used did the job and the Nats won, but a thought plopped into my brain.
If you know that Strasburg is on a tight leash, why not set up the game so he is pitching deeper into it?
In other words, on his scheduled games, have a reliever throw innings 1 and 2. Maybe a left hander or someone who pitches completely differently than Strasburg. Perhaps even a pitcher having his "throw day" goes an inning. Then in the start of the third inning, in comes Strasburg.
He could throw his 100 pitches but now that would last until the 7th or 8th innings.
He warms up like it is a start and you make sure he never comes in before the start of the third.
It might be a bonkers idea, but when my team only has 1 or 2 more swings left, I want my best pitcher on the mound keeping it close.
It's something that just popped in my head.
OK, that is a 100% lie. It has been stirring in my head since 1999.