I hadn’t heard of the Peter Principle before…definitely applies to baseball and management in general.
Once our coach found his bullpen guys (I was lucky enough to be one of the 3) he has almost exclusively stuck with us and in progressively more difficult situations - less warmup time, longer outings, bringing guys in earlier in the game, bases loaded, getting hot back to back to back days, etc.
Not that this is a bad thing, I actually think it makes some sense. What doesn’t make sense is doing this and then after the guy has one bad outing totally abandoning ship and losing trust in the guy. It seems like some guys are immune to this (they can have a bad outing with several walks and still be “the guy” but others who are on a shorter leash for whatever reason may go 3-0 on a hitter and it’s like the end of the world).
Again, I’ve been lucky enough to have made that top 3 bullpen role up to this point, but it’s difficult to function (and all of our pitchers agree on this) when you know that if you go 2-0 on a hitter a clipboard will be thrown and/or the next pitcher behind you will be hastily told to “get hot fast, this is his last batter if he walks him.” In my experience guys play a little looser and with a little more swagger when a coach shows trust and faith in his pitchers (to a reasonable extent) and reacts cooly and calmly to adverse situations, rather than freaking out and transferring that nervous energy to his pitching staff.
We took game one of the regional against Old Dominion. They were no slouch of a team. Their top lefty bullpen arm was sitting 94 against us from a low 3/4 arm slot. We won in the 9th as they gifted us a walk and two hit by pitches.
South Carolina tonight at 7pm on ESPNU. Winner of this game advances to the final, while the loser needs to play one more game in the losers bracket to advance, and then beat the winner twice in the championship. In essence this is a must-win game. If we have a close game in the 6th or 7th and our starter has thrown a lot of pitches, expect me to get the call for at least a lefty or two.
Their game last night was a sellout - looked like 10,000+ fans. Should be an electric environment to play in. I will be focusing on staying calm and relaxed and just sticking to my pre-pitch routine. My body isn’t feeling great but it’s time to grind it out and pitch through some fatigue and soreness - this is playoff baseball baby!