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Brewers Manny Pina Jersey , Wade Miley, only threw聽five pitches and faced one batter before being taken out of the game. Was it an injury? No. Was he ejected by the umpires? No. It was a planned, strategic move on the part of Brewers manager Craig Counsell.In an effort to force opposing Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts, to set a lineup based on left-hander Miley as the starter Counsell put the southpaw out there to start the game. But Miley was only a decoy and after pitching to the first batter (he walked Cody Bellinger on聽five pitches) Counsell went to his bullpen for right-hander Brandon Woodruff.advertisingCounsell was obviously hoping that the Dodgers would start an all right-handed lineup as they did for Miley's last start in game two of the series. However, Roberts didn't give them exactly what they wanted and ended up starting two left-handed batters (Bellinger being one of them). via: barstoolsports.comESPN, quoting Roberts after the game, talking about his starting lineup, saying, "Obviously our lineup today was different than the other lineup when we faced Miley. So you gotta prepare for the unexpected. So I like where we were at [after Miley was pulled]."It's been 16 years since the Oakland "Moneyball" A's shocked the baseball world and won the AL West with a record of 103-59 (which included a 20-game win streak). Since then, the use of analytics has only gotten more entrenched in the league and when it comes to pitching, the Milwaukee Brewers, this season, have taken it to a higher level than anyone else ever has.advertisingCounsell regularly goes to his bullpen in the聽fourth and fifth innings and has even referred to his starters as "initial out-getter." They, like all the other pitchers on the team, have roles and Counsell has figured out the best way to use them all for as long or as little time is needed in every game. And obviously, it has worked - getting the team to the NLCS.Now, had the team been down 3-1 in the series instead of tied 2-2 going into game聽five http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , then Counsell has said that Miley would have been the real starter. And having lost game five, Miley is penciled in as the game six initial out-getter with his team's season on the line tomorrow.advertisingHe will almost definitely throw more than聽five pitches on Friday. But how many more? Who knows! WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As spring training neared its conclusion, a reporter mentioned to Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez that Max Scherzer was not precisely on schedule to start on opening day.“He’s going to be lined up,” Martinez said with a laugh. “Come Thursday at 1:05, he’ll be on the mound.”Of course he will. Scherzer is, after all, one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and runner-up last season. So it makes perfect sense that when Washington hosts the NL East rival New York Mets this week, Scherzer will take on the pitcher who topped him in the NL voting, Jacob deGrom.“It definitely has its prestige,” Scherzer said. “It’s symbolic. It’s an honor to get the ball in that situation.”That’s because even in this data-driven age in baseball, when analytics and analysis are supposed to be replacing “gut feel” and sentiment when it comes to making any and all decisions, granting an opening day start to a particular pitcher because of his status rather than his statistics is something of a remnant of a bygone era. So what if your team, say, is facing an all-righty lineup? If a right-hander seems like the proper guy to send out there for Game 1, managers tend to do it.“There’s still a hierarchy on your pitching staff. And certainly when you have established, veteran guys http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , it still matters to them,” said Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, who will use Justin Verlander on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays and 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell. “It also matters to your team. People want to name guys ‘aces.'”The choice is often an obvious one, such as for Mets-Nationals and Astros-Rays.Other times, though, it can get complicated, and this year is no exception.Take the Los Angeles Dodgers. Their natural pick would Clayton Kershaw, but the lefty is beginning the season on the injured list. Walker Buehler and Rich Hill were ruled out, too. So the World Series runners-up the past two years are going with Hyun-Jin Ryu against Zach Greinke, an easier pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks.Sometimes, there’s not a bevy of optimal options. Coming off a 115-loss season, the Baltimore Orioles planned to go with Alex Cobb to face the New York Yankees on Thursday, before the righty had groin soreness in his final exhibition tuneup Sunday. Cobb was 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA in 2018.Fact is, Baltimore’s top two other starters — “top” being relative, of course — also each took at least 15 Ls a year ago. Yankees manager Aaron Boone counters with Masahiro Tanaka, because Luis Severino is sidelined with right shoulder inflammation.It’ll be Tanaka’s fourth start in the past five opening days for New York, which went 0-3 in his others.“Obviously, if you’re given the opportunity to pitch on that day Domingo Santana Jersey , you want to go out and do your best,” Tanaka said through a translator. “If you look back, I don’t think I’ve necessarily been good on opening days.”Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais went away from tradition for his team’s opener against the Oakland Athletics in Japan last week, bypassing Felix Hernandez, who had made 10 consecutive Game 1 starts, the longest active streak in the majors and surpassed by only four pitchers in history (Hall of Famer Jack Morris holds the record of 14 in a row).Hernandez, the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, boasts a 1.53 ERA in opening day appearances but struggled this spring, to the tune of a 15.95 ERA.“We try to take as much of the emotion out of it as you can,” Servais said, “and do what’s best for our ballclub.”Still, King Felix did not hide his displeasure at giving up a slot he’d held for a full decade. Instead, Marco Gonzalez and Yusei Kikuchi started for Seattle in the two overseas games that officially got the season going.As much as getting that initial pitching assignment clearly counts for something to many, Houston’s Hinch knows the next 161 games are equally valuable in the standings.“We should continue to make it a big deal to start on opening day,” Hinch said. “And we should make it a bigger deal to take your 33, 34 starts and go wire-to-wire.”
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