Originally Posted by dougdirt
This whole "you catch your guys" thing is so stupid it hurts. Let both guys catch everyone. Every week they alternate who they catch. It isn't difficult. Through the rotation once it goes H-M-H-M-H, the next time through, it goes M-H-M-H-M and so on. If you MUST stick to the 60/40 split, then make that happen. With 162 games, it is actually impossible to be 60/40, but you can be awfully close. Mix it up.
I disagree completely on this one. It's the catcher that suggests the pitches to the pitcher. The ability to have that communication is vital to successful pitchers.
By having the same catcher, they learn each other's little quirks like knowing when to block a curveball in the dirt. I think it helps continuity and creates a routine. Every pitcher I heard speak emphasizes the importance of a routine when starting. Changing the catcher could disrupt this and lead to mistakes like passed balls or pitch select disagreements.