If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. So, you might as well laugh at the Baltimore pitchers.
In case you missed it, the Tampa Bay Rays are going all crazy with their pitching tactics. Rather than deploying a “starter” in the first inning, they are giving the ball to their bullpen guys first in order to take advantage of match-ups earlier in the game.
What that has looked like in practice is Sergio Romo starting back-to-back games on the mound against the Angels this past weekend. On Saturday, he tossed a perfect opening frame. On Sunday, he got through 1.1 innings unscathed. Tampa won the first game and lost the second, but the phenomenon is sweeping the baseblog-o-sphere.
It’s revolutionary! It’s game changing! It’s sorta, kinda different!
One person who is not a fan of this ambitious thinking is Angels shortstop Zack Cozart.
It makes sense that Cozart is upset. He is 0-for-4 lifetime against Romo with two strikeouts. But you have to admit it’s pretty cool to see a pitcher like that giving his all to start a game. It sure makes me want to be in my seats to see the first pitch.
“I don’t care if this parking space is too tight! Brad Boxberger is about to make these guys look like fools! BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN!”
This is all besides the point. Any topic involving pitching can pretty easily be segued into a joke on your favorite baseball team. This was no different.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs:
The Orioles were just sitting here in last place minding their own business. Why’s everybody gotta pick on us? I’m telling!