The REAL Importance of Pitch Counts
If you’ve been reading MetsToday for a while you may know that, as an old-school baseball guy, I’m not a fan of limiting the outings of starting pitchers based on pitch counts.
Contrary to wildly popular — in fact, almost universally accepted — belief, limiting pitch counts does little to nothing in terms of protecting a professional pitcher. Further, the number of pitches thrown does not determine whether a pitcher will be healthy or injured. Finally, pitchers do not have a set number of “bullets” in their arm, and therefore there is no danger in “using up” those bullets, nor a need to preserve them.
All that said, there IS a very important reason why pitches are counted — the irony, however, is that few if any MLB teams know it. Or if they do, they certainly aren’t using the data properly.
Find out the main reason pitches are counted, and how the information can help keep pitchers healthy — at every level of baseball from little league to the big leagues — by listening to the podcast below: