Friday, March 9, 2012 12 man pitching rotation
three pitchers throw three innings each game. Forget about trying to match the big spending teams on pitching and spend your limited resources on defense and hitting. Relief pitchers are a dime a dozen. Get 14 or so and rotate them as needed.
Start one pitcher at first base. The best mix is a lefty pitcher and a righty pitcher. Switch them between the mound and first base as needed. If both pitchers are right handed, then maybe mix a fastballer with a junk baller. Best would be if the rules permit: switch pitchers during a plate appearance ... as needed:
- mess up a switch hitter
- with the count 0-2, have the breaking ball pitcher throw it; so what if the batter thinks it's coming.
When the first base spot in the batting order comes up, pinch hit and replace with another pitcher as needed. Even if this is done only in the first three innings, it should provide a competitive advantage.
The basic 12 man pitching rotation is best implemented if the middle pitcher is lefty and the staring and ending pitchers are righty. That messes up the opposing team's lineup.
The perennial doormat teams (Pittsburgh, Kansas City, etc.) should try something radical ... like this.