Links 4-30-2010: OF progress, Papelbon, pitch counts

Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury are making progress, though not quickly enough for Red Sox Nation. It helps that Darnell McDonald has played a decent center field and hit well in their absence.

Jonathan Papelbon was not available to pitch Tuesday because of tightness in his back. Let’s hope that it goes back to normal.

Brian MacPherson notes that Terry Francona has not been shy about letting his starters go well beyond the 100-pitch mark, even early this season. Personally, I think there has been a backlash against pitch counts in general, and that 100 pitches is a bit too conservative for many pitchers.

Did you know that the Red Sox are the second-most despised team in baseball? This is according to a computer program that “reads” negative public opinions on the Internet. If you know Boston fans, this ranking should not surprise you. Rather than most hated teams, I think you’re looking at a list of the most negative fans on the Internet.

4 Responses to Links 4-30-2010: OF progress, Papelbon, pitch counts

  1. Pat says:

    There must be some new idea about this, because Tampa Bay is extending their starters as well, and they definitely have a progressive front office.

    • redsoxtalk says:

      So I’m not the only one who thinks this.. Interesting. I’ve done some quick searches, but haven’t found anything yet indicating a shift in philosophies.

      If anything, I think managers are realizing that individual pitchers can be very different, and that having a hard 100-pitch limit is kind of foolish.

      I’ve also seen it suggested that it’s not the number of pitches so much as it is the number of sliders or cutters or whatever it is that puts the most strain on the throwing arm.

  2. Tim Wright says:

    personally I think pitchers should be going at least 7 innings, and 8 in most cases. I hate this pitch count stuff. They baby these guys way too much

    • redsoxtalk says:

      I agree with you in principle Tim. But try telling that to the owners who invested $85M in pitchers like Lackey. If there’s a serious injury that could have been avoided, it’s the manager’s head that’s gonna roll. The reality is that job security is on the line, so it’s better for them to err on the safe side. Until that changes, you probably won’t see the end of pitch counts in MLB.

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