The weekends games

Saturday was my game. The coaches normally tell us tuesday whose going to be starting and relieving pitchers for the upcoming weekends games, and since I started pitching for Neptunus last year it seems I have been starting the saturday games thus far. this saturday was very bitter-sweet. Don't get me wrong, I am happy and pumped that we won, 15-1, but... well there's this thing. Baseball is a game of stats. Starting pitchers go for wins, closing pitchers go for saves. My offence did a great job and got me a 13-0 lead by the 4th inning, awesome, no complaints, but my coach figured he may as well same my arm, and I was nearing my pitch count limit, so he took me out after 4 complete innings.
In baseball, you need to throw 5 complete innings to receive a Win, which is a very important stat. No I didn't give up any runs, and yeah we won by 14 runs, but damn, I wanted that win so bad. A good friend and current teammate of mine who started today (we won 5-3) was making sure I knew how bad I was being screwed by being taken out, and how at the end of the year, likely this this non-win will come back to haunt me in the race for pitcher of the year in our league. Last year I missed 4 starts in june due to a back injury and that cost me the pitching title, but despite missing that time I was still one of the top 3 in pitching for the top league in europe, and that makes me very proud.

My team has come out of the gates hot, just as we did last year (starting 11-0 last year will be hard to duplicate), let's hope we keep it up... after 2 games there is a 3 way tie for first in the league. Our owner is also planning on getting another pitcher from north america in the next couple of weeks, we'll see what we get.

So far so good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but as anyone who knows anything about baseball knows, your W/L record is not the most important stat. ERA is! (and, protecting your arm in cold weather). As Gandi (or Confucious?) once said: minimize your ERA and the wins will follow.