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Sport Nationals-Astros World Series could change MLB pitching strategy

19:21  21 october  2019
19:21  21 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Don't Count Out the Nationals in the World Series Just Yet

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A Nationals - Astros World Series is the perfect redemption for a bizarre MLB season. That change , which reduces drag, played more than a small part in this record-setting season, in which a Twins, whose strategy for victory was to hit dingers and let a stellar bullpen do the rest, were That brings us back to the Astros and Nationals, teams which did rely on pitching during the regular season.

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In 2005, the year Justin Verlander made his MLB debut, 50 different pitchers threw at least 200 innings. Ten years later, that number was cut nearly in half. For the past three seasons, only 15 starters have hit that innings benchmark. In the span of one career, the trend has dramatically shifted away from starters of Verlander’s ilk.

There are many factors that go into a change like this. MLB bullpens are filled with more specialists and more guys who can light up radar guns. In 2018, starters averaged 92.3 mph on their fastballs while relievers were more than a full mile per hour higher. The number of pitchers who could throw 100 mph or higher went from fewer than 20 in 2008 to a high of 47 in 2015. There have been 47 pitches thrown at least 100 mph in this year’s postseason alone, according to Statcast, and 35 of those came from relievers.

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The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals will meet in a World Series that will put the focus on "We got some pretty big boys that can pitch ," Astros manager AJ Hinch recently said. Yet in an era when teams search for new pitching strategies — witness the Astros ' parade of relievers in

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As recently as 2011, Verlander led all of baseball with 251 innings pitched. This year, he again led in the category, but with just 223. In both 2011 and 2019, Verlander led baseball with 34 starts. The trend in baseball is clear.

The World Series between the Astros and Nationals begins Tuesday night, and it has the elements needed to be epic. But the most interesting thing about it could be the potential impact it has on the way teams use pitchers.

Two days after the Nationals clinched their spot in the World Series, thanks largely to the pitching of Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Anibal Sanchez, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted that Verlander told him the success of the Nationals and Astros might remind other teams of the value of pitchers who go deep into their starts.

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The World Series is upon us and it looks to be an exciting matchup. We've got two teams full of fun players to watch. The Astros are looking to kickstart dynasty talk while the Nationals are looking for the first World This is a historically good matchup of starting pitching in the World Series . Get excited!

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Bullpens have been all the rage the past few years, but this year’s World Series might help to spark a shift in strategy.

Verlander’s Astros are in the World Series in part because of the trio of himself, Zack Greinke and Gerrit Cole. The Yankees are not, in part because of a lack of starters who could match that group. In the ALCS, Houston got 31 innings from Verlander, Greinke and Cole, and the Yankees got 23.2 from their trio of James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino.

Those extra innings on the Yankees bullpen took a toll.

“The more times you face guys, obviously, as relievers, you get uber-exposed,” Yankees reliever Zack Britton told The Athletic’s Marc Carig. “It’s the one thing I always say. That’s why we’re relievers, not starters. You overexpose guys, it’s inevitable that eventually, they’re going to get got a little bit.”

Meanwhile, the Nationals are headed to the World Series after sweeping the Cardinals in four games, the first two wins being near no-hitters from Sanchez and Scherzer. In Game 3, Strasburg threw seven one-run innings. That same group threw 25 of the 45 innings in the NLDS against the Dodgers, and Scherzer and Strasburg threw all but one inning in the wild card game against the Brewers.

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As pitch -tipping paranoia lingers, Astros and Nationals will have their eyes on each other in World Pitch -tipping has become a hot topic in the postseason this year and with the Astros reaching the “I think MLB has done an incredible job this year,” Astros starter Justin Verlander said before his Game

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Baseball’s over-infatuation with relief pitchers may be hitting its peak. The Athletics used an opener in last year’s wild card game after the Rays so popularized the use of openers in the 2018 regular season that the term warranted its own Wikipedia page. In Game 6 of this year’s ALCS, both the Astros and Yankees used their bullpens for the extent of the game. “Starters” Brad Peacock and Chad Green combined for 2.2 innings, and the two teams combined to use 14 pitchers in that game alone.

Compare that to Game 2 of the 1916 World Series, when Babe Ruth and Sherry Smith were the only two pitchers used between the Red Sox and Brooklyn Robins, and that game lasted 14 innings.

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When Verlander debuted in 2005, the White Sox swept the Astros in the World Series, using the starting pitching of Mark Buehrle, Jose Contreras, Freddy Garcia and Jon Garland, who together threw 28.1 of the 41 innings for Chicago in the series.

Just 11 years later, Indians manager Terry Francona guided his team to Game 7 of the World Series with half his starting rotation missing. Thanks to the otherworldly pitching of Andrew Miller, the Indians nearly won a championship that year. Miller gave up no runs in the ALDS or ALCS, and only three in almost eight innings of work in the World Series. On the other side in the 2016 Fall Classic, Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman carried his team through a must-win Game 5 when he earned the final eight outs to keep the Cubs from losing the series. In all, Miller and Chapman would combine for more than 15 innings pitched in that year’s World Series. Cubs starters Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jake Arrieta together threw fewer than that.

Three takeaways from the Astros' World Series Game 4 rout of the Nationals

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While the Astros and Nationals took strikingly different routes to the World Series , they constructed their pennant winners in similar fashion. How Astros , Nats built their World Series teams.

“We got some pretty big boys that can pitch ,” Astros manager AJ Hinch recently said. So do the Nationals in their rotation with Scherzer, Strasburg and Yet in an era when teams search for new pitching strategies — witness the Astros ’ parade of relievers in the Game 6 of the ALCS — the two

You can’t draw a straight line from the way Francona used his bullpen in the postseason three years ago to the overall drop in innings thrown by starting pitchers, but one thing that has already come out of this year’s postseason is that perhaps those 200-inning guys shouldn’t go out of fashion just yet, at the very least not in the postseason.

The collection of starting pitching talent in the 2019 World Series is rare, and it could help to change baseball’s pitching narrative. Much like the postseason of a few years ago may have sparked the shift in strategy toward leaning on relievers in greater capacity, pitchers of Verlander’s ilk have the potential to shift it back in favor of starters.

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a group of military men: Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) is presented with the ALCS MVP Trophy after defeating the New York Yankees in game six of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019.

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg admits to tipping pitches in first inning of World Series Game 6 .
The Nationals pitching coach noticed it, and Strasburg rectified it in the second inning.Stephen Strasburg struggled in the first inning: Alex Bregman teed off for a solo shot, while José Altuve opened the scoring with a sac fly that scored George Springer. Well, according to Strasburg following Game 6, the Astros had a little bit of help from … Strasburg himself.

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