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Pitching and defense

September 3rd, 2009 by Melvin

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We’ve been gone awhile. A lot of reasons for it. We’ll skip the part where I explain why.

MGL asks if there’s any evidence that building a team based on pitching and defense gives an advantage to a home team in a big ballpark. There’s a good discussion too.

I think what he’s most concerned about is the question of why people (read: Jerry Manuel) think what they think. Lots of “explanations” about life seems like it makes sense when you first hear it, yet reality often has different ideas. The leader of a multi-million dollar organization should have more than a hunch about why a plan should work. I’m not saying Manuel isn’t working off more than just a hunch here, if he does have some evidence he probably isn’t likely to share with the world. But lots of times before these beliefs aren’t any more than pure hunches.

Back to ballparks, there also goes this recent line of thought that PETCO isn’t actually that big of a field, and the atmosphere is what depresses runs. Again, this is why the why is so important. Looking at a problem and throwing the first answer at it that pops in your head isn’t going to get you very far.

Question to think about: if you’ve ever thought the Padres should build a team around pitching and or defense, how did you come to that conclusion?

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3 Responses to “Pitching and defense”

  1. Lorenzo says:

    Of COURSE a team should be built around pitching AND defense. Statistically, such teams win more games. Not that offense should be ignored, but teams with sluggers but little pitching can win their share during the season, but get shut down against good pitching and defense in key games and the post-season. All three elements make for a great team, but it starts with quality pitching that’s made more effective by a defense that doesn’t give opponents extra outs.

  2. william says:

    It helps to have the greatest defensive third basemen in the history of the game :wink:

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