Re: Is it the Bullpen or Catching?
I'll go with #1 and #4 with a touch of #5.
#1 and #4 are pretty straight forward. #5 is interesting. You gave the simple example that if EE is struggling, to factor that in, and call pitches that are more likely to end up with Gonzo or BP (if possible). Do our pitchers think that way?
I've heard Arroyo talking many times about his game plan (he describes it) and it's obvious that he's always thinking about how to get a batter out. Sorta Maddux-very lite. I've never heard an intereview with Ross or Javy where they are talking about "their game plan". Doesn't prove anything, but interesting none the less.
a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.
I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate