ROTISSERIE: Pitching strategy and the new normal

By now, we all understand that the game has changed, and it continues to involve. And one of the most talked-about changes is how teams manage their pitching staffs. The effects are measurable and play havoc with some of our tried-and-true strategies.

Most of us are familiar with these effects: Average innings per start fell from 5.9 IP in 2012 to 5.3 IP in 2022 (even removing openers from the equation). Starter Wins were at 1,738 in 2012, but were 1,443 in 2022, a 17% decline. While strikeouts by starters has increased (due to higher K%), the percentage of strikeouts earned by starters has fallen from 62% in 2012 to 56% in 2022.

Our old benchmarks have faded away. Those 200-inning starters? Only 7 in 2022, compared to 30 in 2012....

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