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Why start Prior second?

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Dusty Baker has decided to flip-flop the pitching rotation for today's twinbill. Although Prior was slated to pitch yesterday, he will be pitching in the second game this afternoon... and I'm not sure that I understand the rationale.

Originally, I thought it would be beneficial to have Prior start first. That way, if he got into trouble early, Dusty could make better informed pitching decisions in both games. However, with Wood going first, Dusty has no choice but to try and get an extra inning or two out of him. Chances are, Prior isn't going to be able to go all that long. But, with Prior slated to go second, what do we do if Wood runs into problems early? Can Dusty pull him without forcing his hand on Prior? What if Prior struggles? You certainly can't leave Prior out there for long if he has trouble getting through innings.

Looking at the matchups, I see that Wood is slated to go against Peavy. It must be that Dusty feels Wood gives the Cubs a better chance than Prior. However, since we all know that Neifi Perez, Henry Blanco, and Jose Macias will be getting at least one start today... we'll surely lose one game. If I were managing, I'd take my chances by running out the scrubs for the first game against Peavy, and then hoping to beat Lawrence in the afternoon. This would also give the Cubs the benefit of throwing Prior first.

Another thought I had was that it might be to line up the pitching rotation for the next time through the rotation, but a quick look at the calendar tells me that the Cubs have an off-day tomorrow. Therefore, neither Wood nor Prior will have to throw on short rest for their next start.

I guess that is one positive note in an otherwise chicken little post.

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6-9. That's Neifi Perez in the DH. Maybe now the bloggers will get off his back.

That second paragraph would have been dead on had you flipped the names Wood and Prior

This is one of the dumbest things I've ever read. Essentially forfeit to Peavy, and do so with a pitcher (prior) in what is effectively a rehab start?

You don't forfeit games. Ever.

You start Prior second because you have greater confidence in Wood going longer than Prior and you don't want a dead pen for game 2. Then, you've forfeited a double header.

Chuck, I was wondering when you'd come over and call me on the carpet for this post.

The fact of the matter is that Peavy did beat us. He outpitched Wood and Prior. Now, I was wrong. I thought Prior would suck it up big time but he didn't. I also thought Wood was ready to pitch well... he wasn't. Turns out Dusty knew what he was doing better than I! Amazing. (Laced with Sarcasm as I readily admit Dusty could out manage me and virtually every other manager in baseball.)

Anyhow, the Cubs 'forfeit' games all the time. You watch and tell me that we have a realistic chance of winning more than 10% of the games when Macias, Blanco, and Perez start. It will happen this year, and we'll lose.

You play the games because anything can happen... but when you can play the percentages you do.

You can't analyse it this way. You can't start Barrett every game. Starting Blanco may "lose" today's game, but significantly "win" tomorrow's game by having a rested Barrett.

And Peavy didn't outpitch Prior. How do you do better than 0 runs in 6 innings?

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