Some MLB teams are reportedly considering starting a four-player rotation next season

A variety of baseball rules changes were designed to reinforce the importance of the traditional starting pitcher. You could argue that the minimum three-hit rule for dampers, the DH coming into the National League, the next pitch hour, and especially the maximum 13 bowlers, all, at least in a small way, made it somewhat more valuable. You have in your list the types of novice shooters who can go for more than 6 runs at a time.

and yet, As Ken Rosenthal reportsIn the coming years, we may actually see some teams going in the opposite direction: four players in rotation shorter outings. From Rosenthal:

However, many other teams think it might make sense to go in the opposite direction, debating internally whether the four-player rotation is a better response to the way the game is unfolding. With shooters throwing in more aggressively, clubs are exploring new ways to manage workloads. The numbers already indicate that most beginners are not able to pass a third time by ranking….

But what if the beginners throw 70 to 75 throws every fourth day instead of trying to get past those totals every five? The team can use the best shooters more often. And these shooters can still get to 200 rounds, albeit in a different way – for example, by 40 starts from five rounds versus 30 starts from seven….

The ideal guinea pig would be a rebuilding team with developing beginners and/or homesteaders who can handle greater workloads. Perhaps the idea is too far from the status quo to bear fruit. But the difference is always thinking. And in the end, someone might make the leap.

Before you even talk about the viability here regarding the health of the shooter and the production of the game, you know the main issue: player subscription. Rosenthal mentions the guinea pig because he knows, and rightly so, that clubs with longtime novice bowlers will reject the idea of ​​being limited to 70 pitches on a picnic and then have to completely change their schedule to accommodate three rest days instead of four.

You also have a statistical problem, although annoying. In a four-man rotation with strict pitch limits, a novice bowler rarely qualifies for “Pitcher Win,” a terrible stat that has long entrenched itself in the psyche of baseball.

If you can get past these issues, then you will have to deal with those health questions, and also whether the setup – which improves not having to face the speculators a third time – is actually effective for building your list. You’re not necessarily asking for more total size innings from your four starting pitchers, which means your other nine muskets have to pick up a disproportionate size of turns compared to a typical Bullpen. Do you have a quality ejector to make it work?

We’ve been talking for a long time about the importance of high-quality multirole painkillers in the new world of 13-throw max, so this way, it’s not really crazy to suggest that some teams might take this principle a step further.

To make it work, I think you have to have plenty of pickable MLB quality depth up and down Triple-A, as well as four clearly high-quality starting pitchers with good health track records and possibly particularly exceptional performance the first and/or second time during the order. .

*You* can set up real pitchers – four starting pitchers, each following a custom pitcher that plays their style well at first – but then you should have eight pitchers on your roster capable of making more than 4 nearly successful rounds each time they take the ball. This is a long request. And from there, you only have five traditional balms to work with, which can quickly grind them down.

Just for fun, consider what the currently constructed cubs setup might look like, assuming the base men were healthy.

Match one: Marcus Strowman starts, Mark Leiter Jr. relaxes.

Match Two: Justin Steele starts, Adrian Sampson relaxes.

Match three: Wade Miley starts, Hayden Wisinski relaxes.

Game four: Drew Smiley starts, Javier Asad relaxes.

You will then have to choose five of the following as your traditional sedative at any given time: Brandon Hughes, Rowan Wake, Manny Rodriguez, Michael Rucker, Eric Olmin, Jeremiah Estrada, Adbert Zulai.

You’d still want more influence on a roster like this, but the question is whether this setup would generate better results for the full season than using five of those top eight as “starting” pitchers.

The thing is that the Cubs have already aggressively limited their starters to only two times by ranking, and use whoever is available to cover the remaining innings. I’m not sure that setting up a gimmick would work any better.

It’s fun to think about these things. And it will be so much fun if at least one team jumps next year. We only really saw this attempt once, when the Rockies attempted a four-man rotation a decade ago. It only lasted two months before infection issues caused me to return to the traditional setup.