Sunday, May 10, 2009

Changing the Subject...

In baseball, why does the pitcher of record always get the win even if he pitches horribly? Today for example. Ryan Franklin of the STL Cardinals comes in to the game in the 8th and pitches an inning and a third. Comes in with a lead, gives up two home runs and loses the lead. He is bailed out when the Cards take the lead in the 10th. And he gets a win for pitching horribly. Why can't the official scorer look over the pitching chart and see who might have pitched the most effective and given him the win? (In this case Wainwright would get the win). Can we change this? Do I need to see if Joe Posnanski is interested in this case?

4 comments:

Jason said...

Poz might very well be interested. It's definitely weird that you can get a blown save and a win on the same day, but I think putting it in the hands of the official scorer would be a bad idea.

The OS will be leaving a bad taste in my mouth for a while - the "inside the park homerun" that tipped off of Guillen's glove the other day was just ridiculous.

Not sure wins are all that great of a stat to measure relievers anyway. It seems to have more to do with them being the lucky recipient of the offense picking them up.

matt said...

JoePo has definitely written about it on his blog before. Basically, he'd say that the win-loss record for a pitcher is a terrible way to tell if he's a good pitcher or not. For the reason you gave..and many, many more.

The MAN Fan Club said...

Cards do need a closer. Most blown saves last year. Can't let that happen again.

billy v said...

Franklin has been decent this year. Won't need a closer if they don't start scoring runs.