Originally Posted by vaticanplum
1. It hammers home my concerns about Verlander; and
2. I don't know why the powers that be still guage young pitchers by innings rather than pitch counts. I mean, sometimes they do, but the articles never play that up anyway. Is there actually some biology behind it, ie. a low pitch count over many innings is worse than the same pitch count over fewer innings? The former indicates a better pitcher to me, but maybe there's something involved with the waits between innings and the time needed to warm up, I don't know. Would love some enlightenment baseball people.
My perspective on point 2 is this..
Instead of the kid getting relaxed and into a groove, if you give him say 60 pitches and he's out. He's going to go in and try to make every pitch count with pin point accuracy. Whats to say that doesn't add stress and mess with his head?
It's then pyscholoigical. If you tell him "Hey Justin, you got 6 innings to work with. Make them count." He's going to know he's got those 6 innings and he's going to get into a groove, good or bad.
Not only that, but say guy's who are jittery because its their first game, are going to be scared/worried/nervous/panic(!) you know the drill. Giving them 70 pitches to work with isn't the best thing I'd do. I'd give 5/6 innings, tell them to get relaxed and most of all adjust.