Abolish the save stat and most of these issues would go away. There's not a more useless statistic in the game. And the very creation of it has changed the game itself, and not for the better.
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Despite my concerns, if the games were played by robots, I would agree with the proposed new usage of closerbot. I think roles work though with humans. I also think routine and warming up means a lot. I also think keeping your closer happy matters. I also think you would be at a lot more risk of burning out your best arm if you used him that way.
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
It would be interesting to see what the reactions would be if Chapman is brought in to face Braun in a one run game in the 7th and then have Braun beat Hoover or Ondrusek in the 9th.
How does he prepare for situational deployment? Tell us logistically how you want this to work. You want to warm him up in case a situation comes up, right? How often? When? The game isn't played in such a way that you can just pause and tell Chapman to get ready because someone just doubled.
Regardless of how fragile closers are or aren't, it's extra variables. Will a closer struggle if told "be ready" instead of his normal routine? Will he struggle more when coming directly into runners on situations rather than a fresh start to an inning? Will the guys who are left with the back end on days the closer is already used pitch worse, better, or the same in the 9th? Will those guys do worse when their normal routine is also gone?
I'm open to hearing solutions to the "warming up" problem, but overall I really think its very high risk with very little reward.
...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.
Ondrusek in Louisville.
As for when he warms up, he should be able to warm up as an inning deteriorates. And the number of "save situations" will be about the same; you'll just be looking for them in the seventh.