Originally Posted by TRF
I'm taking Brisco's side on this. It's simple human behavior. Stats can be looked at in a vacuum, but the human element cannot be discounted. It's like the shut down closer argument. A team breathes a sigh of relief when Hell's Bells blasted in SD, because they "knew" the game was over. But, theoretically, any good pitcher on the roster can get those outs.
A bad defense can weigh on a pitcher, just like in any profession. If i am working with idiots, i put more pressure on myself to do well, for the project, company, whatever. Athletes are not immune to the human condition.
Joe Pepitone tells a story about Jim Bouton on the Yankees being that guy, constantly complaining about OF or IF defense, especially when he lost his stuff.
Sure some guys do it.
They're called bad teammates