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Quick Bud Black Analysis

I was reading my handy dandy Baseball Prospectus, specifically the Dodgers chapter, and I was looking at Joe Torre's stats I noticed that Bud Black isn't too far off from this guy.

In 2008, Black's starters averaged a pitch count of 91.0. He let 49 go 100+ pitches and 3 got 120+. He got 74 Quality Starts out of his pitchers and let 7 QS get blown by leaving the starter in too long.

In 2008, Torre's starters averaged a pitch count of 90.9. He let 47 go 100+ pitches and 1 got 120+. He got 78 Quality Starts out of his pitchers and let 4 QS get blown by leaving the starter in too long.

Going back to past years, with Bochy thrown in for comparison:

Mgr      Year     PC       100+    120+    QS       BQS

Black   2007    90.1     47        0          89        7

Torre    2007    90.8     39        0          75        9

Torre    2006    90.7     44        1          74        8

Bochy  2008    99.9     91        8          80        9

Bochy  2007    98.8     78        8          78        7

Bochy  2006    95.8     66        5          83        9

I'm not exactly sure what all this means other than Black and Torre seem to manage starting pitchers very similarly and it is quite different from Bochy's style.  In any case, I have to wonder: Are we giving Black's pitcher management a hard time because it's not good strategy or because it's different from Bochy who was the only home team manager we have for over a decade?

 

 

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