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Discussion: When to change pitchers

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Sept. 14, 2012
Captain Marauder
Men's 65
82 posts
When to change pitchers
I have 3 pitchers on my 65 team and wonder when other managers pull the pitcher , I leave my pitcher in and if he gives up 5 runs and starts the next inning giving up 2 hits or walks or hits I pull him out. I sometimes put him back in,I sometimes pull the pitcher after 3 runs if it looks like he is getting hit hard.

Your thoughts boys
Sept. 14, 2012
Men's 50
2609 posts
There is no real formula for this, nor should there be.

You can't just hold the pitcher responsible for how many runs are given up without taking into account the types of hits, or any errors or misplays by the fielders.

You have to do this by feel, not just some system.
Sept. 14, 2012
Men's 55
394 posts
These may be somewhat obvious to most:
One strategy I've seen used effectively, as soon as your
opponent appears to get comfortable with your current
pitcher, switch. Also when choosing your starting pitcher,
go with the one your opponent has seen the least, or if
they've seen them all many times, the one they struggle with
most, pretty obvious.

And if your pitchers don't struggle with multiple switches
you might keep your opponent off balance through 7 innings.

Sept. 14, 2012
Men's 50
68 posts
We have two pitchers on our team, myself and one other. We usually are the first to know when a team is rocking us or we are struggling with command. So we will trade off in those situations. Our coach sometimes likes to have one of us start and then put the other in half way through. Neither of us care too much fot that as it is harder to get into and stay in a groove.
Sept. 14, 2012
swing for the fences
Men's 50
1202 posts
your question is when to pull them... When they suck of course.. Either they throw meat to long or walk to many or both.. I think if a guy gives up more than 8 runs in one inning of league he gets the hook.. in a Tourney, I would change him if he gave up 15 runs in three innings without getting many outs. I know that usually the pitcher is ready to throw the ball at the next guy about this point anyway.. You can't take it personal, it's underhand 18 mph marshmallow so to speak.. Good hitters will hit anything you throw up there!
Sept. 14, 2012
Captain Marauder
Men's 65
82 posts
Maybe it might be wise to try rotating the pitchers so the other team cant get a good read on them.
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