[quote=“Dino”]I appreciate your opinion but I’ve got to defend my position here…
As a starter how in the name of goat cheese can you go out to the mound with the primary thought being, “Well, I’ll just give my team a solid chance to win.” That’s like getting on the plane and the Captain checks in with his passengers saying, “Ok folks sit back and relax…I’m going to do my best and give you all a solid chance to make it home today.” Gives you confidence eh?
You mean in the back of your mind you are saying, “Dang, our DH is lightin it up…I’ll just hold on four or five innings and “Crusher” will get at least three RBI’s and the defense will get me out of a few jams here and there. And our long relievers are pretty good, they’ll get it to the set up guy and by then the closer will save my behind and I’ll get the win.”
I think that’s backassward thinking and it’s way too general a thought to be effective.
There have been alot of wins credited to pitchers who NEVER deserved them…and some fine efforts that were unrewarded.
How bout this…how bout we start the closer, throw the set up man in the second inning and then tell the starter, “Alright kid…you got the last seven innings…go shut them down. Oh yeah, just give our team a solid chance to win.” Now lock the gates to the bullpen boys, he’s on his own…[/quote]
Well obviously, your goal should be to shut down the opponent, thats a given. No pitcher goes out there saying I’ll probably give up four or five today, but thats alright. But you can’t tell me that your mindset doesn’t change in a 1-0 game vs. a 6-0 game. 1-0, you might not throw that three hitter a fastball 2-0 because he might tie the game on one swing, whereas 6-0 you have a lot of room to dance around the lineup and still get the W.
I’m not saying go out onto the mound if your up 4-0 and say to yourself Ok its fine if I give up 3, but just trying to point out that I’ll take 5 IP of 1 run ball where the kid gives you a chance to win every time, over a kid who goes all 7 but gives up 5 and makes it tough to keep up.