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10-10-2012 12:09 PM #1
Its SO much harder to win a title than ever before
Longer schedule of course, but the tiered system means pitchers may have to pitch
5-7 times in a run for the World Championship. I remember vividly as a kid,(pre-
1969) when you win your title, you go to the series and if you swept there, you
might use only 4 pitchers(INCLUDING RELIEVERS) in an entire WS. Look it up, it
happened to the Baltiore Orioles in 1966. They only used one reserve player too! It
will never happen again, but then, they wont ever have a series where the O's team
limited the Dodgers to a .143 batting Ave and kept them scoreless for, get this, 33
consecutive innings!Moe Drabowsky pitched 6 and 1/3 scoreless relief as the teams
only reliever and struck out 6 Dodgers in a row and 11 overall, in maybe the best
single relief appearance of all time.Times have sure changed. Now relief pitcher
face one batter .That may have been the best pitched WS in baseball history.
10-10-2012 12:17 PM #2
The thing is, you have to get to the playoffs to win a title and it is FAR FAR easier to get to the playoffs now than it was 20 years and certainly 40 years ago.
10-10-2012 12:18 PM #3
10-10-2012 01:09 PM #4
Those were the days Roy. Before the pitch count obsession took over in the modern game and somehow we are "smarter" now with how to use pitchers.
It is harder to win a World Series for the best teams now. The 100 win teams are getting thrown into the playoffs with the 87 win teams in what is generally a crapshoot.
10-10-2012 01:50 PM #5
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It's the same level of difficulty for every team. The good thing about our team this year is that we don't have an "ace" that we need to run out there as often as possible (Sabathia, Verlander), so our pitchers will not have to pitch extra.