Today’s Starting Pitcher Is…Anybody

27 Jun

Jayson Stark of The Athletic has an excellent analysis piece on whether the pitching staff by committee approach being employed by the Tampa Bay Rays is a harbinger of a future in which there is no ace and no focus on the matchup of the day.  It certainly is cheaper to have a starting rotation of Eovaldi, Snell, Font and Sergio Romo and Ryne Stanek, but is it good for baseball?

Let’s say this again. For 100 years, the first question everyone asked on the way to a ballpark was always: “Who’s pitching tonight?”

But suppose the answer in 2038 is: “Everybody,” or “Who the heck knows?” Would some of those people then just change their minds and stay home and binge a little Netflix?

One Response to “Today’s Starting Pitcher Is…Anybody”

  1. Melinda June 27, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    As a baseball fan, I have rarely been pitcher focused. There are times when I’ve been excited to be at a game when some big NAME was pitching, but I’m usually much more interested in the eight or nine other guys in the lineup than the pitcher alone. I think Tampa’s approach is interesting. For me, this doesn’t hurt “baseball” at all. (I think putting runners on base without a hit in extra innings – just for pace of game concerns – is a much bigger slam on the game than not having a batch of highly-paid designated SPs. Just my opinion)

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