I've read about some of Tom House's ideas before but thought this was an interesting read.
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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:03 PM
Step 1 of getting to that point, getting managers to use their closers in the situations that demand the best reliever, not just waiting for save situations (and especially not in 3-run save situations).
Which would probably actually mean that arbiters need to stop using saves to grade relievers in arbitration and GM's to stop handing out giant contracts to save leaders.
It's gonna take someone stronger than O'Dowd to ram this down the throat of his coaching and pitching staff and get insanely lucky and make the playoffs.
Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:08 PM
I feel like the Cubs organization would be a good place to try this: lots of "swing" guys- those who we aren't sure of their future role (starter vs. reliever) and no real "ace." This might also might favor high pitchability guys and guys who don't have overpowering stuff as they won't have to go that dreaded 3rd time through the order (doesn't it seem like Wood always cruises until the 6th-7th). This also would benefit guys that are durability risks but are good when healthy.
Guys in the Cubs system that could benefit from this: Wood, Vizcaino, Villanueva, Russell, Johnson, Blackburn, Hendricks, Cabrera, Rusin, Zastryzny, Masek, Skulina, Paniagua
Guys around the league that could benefit: Trevor Bauer, Dylan Bundy, Carlos Delabar, David Robertson, Derek Holland, Chris Sale, Johnny Venters, Craig Stammen, Tyler Clippard, Eric O'Flaherty, Trevor Rosenthal
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