A bunch of commentors picked up on this in the previous Madritsch post and they’re dead on. Bob Melvin is managing the pitching staff like he knows he’s going to be fired. After tonight’s 123 pitch effort, coming on the heels of a 126 pitch effort, Madritsch is averaging 114.8 pitches per start. That leads the majors, folks. Here’s the list:
1. Bobby Madritsch, 114.8
2. Jason Schmidt, 114.4
3. Livan Hernandez, 111.5
4. Carlos Zambrano, 111.0
5. Barry Zito, 108.0
6. Joel Pineiro, 107.00
Now, it’s only over 8 starts and pitch counts in and of themselves aren’t evidence of overwork, but this is clearly not exercising any sort of caution. There’s absolutely no reason Bobby Madritsch should be leading the majors in pitches per start. None.
Everyone knows Melvin is gone at the end of the year. He knows it. If he’s going to manage the team with no interest in protecting the 2005 Mariners, he should be removed immediately.