Originally Posted by Dracodave
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.
That makes sense. But what if, at least at the higher levels of the minors, they limited them to a certain number of pitches not per game but per year (to be allocated by effectiveness) rather than a certain number of innings? Would that be problematic for the team if the pitcher uses all of his pitches in long, multi-inning games and was out halfway through the season, or would it help him be more effective? I'm genuinely curious -- I just don't know why they rely on innings rather than pitches a lot of the time (not allt he time), but I'm sure there's a reason.
Actually, on that note, is there a list anywhere of all the MLB teams and the ways in which they limit their minor league pitchers?