Wednesday, September 23, 2009

1-Inning Starting Pitchers?

Recently had an owner ask me how I felt about the practice of pitching a SP only 1 inning, then replacing him with a opposite-handed reliever (run a LHP for 1 inning, then bringing in a righty, for example) to mess up platoon lineups.

I replied that I was OK with it, because 1) it's OK under HBD rules, and 2) I don't think it helps much, if any (for example, an owner in one of my other worlds posted today about a hitter he had who, for 2 years in a row, had almost identical results vs. LHP and RHP - with an 8 vL and an 83 vR).

But I can see that it's a practice that could be considered "legal but unrealistic" (others that come to mind are tanking and letting minor league pitching staffs run down to 0 fatigue).

So I'm curious what we think about it as a league - vote in the poll.

1 comment:

  1. As someone who does this from time to time...messing up platoons is how it's always construed, but it's got another, Jamesian element to it that never gets enough credit.