It is very important for everybody to be open minded on this subject and give the idea some serious thought. This article and another that will be completed in the next couple of days can change the game for the better. The next piece is called professional baseball and pitch count.
We all have to understand that the five man rotation has been around for probably about twenty years or so. Before this the rotation consisted of a four man staff and a fifth pitcher could throw with double headers or if the starters needed a little break.
I am not exactly sure what the throwing program is for pitchers in between starts in the five man rotation. This probably varies between the different organizations. I have some information supplied by Dr. John Bagonzi a former pitcher in the Red Sox organization. This is for a four man staff, but works very well for me to make my point.
Day 1: Pitch Game
Day 2: Take the day off- don’t touch a baseball- do some shagging and maybe some running- for those who feel they need to throw- very light game of catch.
Day 3: Work off mound in bullpen- 10-12 minutes- 60-65% velocity.
Day 4: Work off mound- concentrate on rotation- 70% velocity- 12-15 minutes
Day 5: Pitch
Dr. Bagonzi says this fits well for a professional pitcher.
You notice there is a three days of work and rest with this program, and with today’s game there is a four day rest period between starts.
I am thinking the pitcher on the fourth day there is some bullpen work and they are throwing 30-40 pitches? What needs to be remembered is it use to be routine for pitchers to work on three days’ rest.
I would love to see the professional level for the teams to look at having the starting pitchers close out games on the fourth day.This will not be a situation that will happen every 4th day, but it could be a good option. The starter does not even have to close out the game; if there is a situation in the 6th – 8th inning he could be available to pitch an inning. He could even be called on to pitch to just 1 to 2 hitters. I would keep his pitch count at no more than 15-20 pitches. My next article I state how we may be able to get the warm up before pitching down to about 20-25 pitches.