Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Posted by el duque at 9:24 AM
The league has built a season so demanding that pitchers cannot survive it.
Yesterday, the Yankees announced that Nathan Eovaldi - the workhorse of their rotation - has a barking elbow and will miss two weeks. He might be done for the season. Thus, the entire Yankee rotation from the start of the season got hurt. We achieved a perfect, 100-percent injury rate. Nobody made it unscathed.
CC hurt his knee three weeks ago. Tanaka missed two weeks with a bad elbow. Pineda strained his forearm, missed a month. Nova missed the first half with TJ surgery. Chase Whitley is missing the second half. Capuano tweaked a gonad in the spring, missed the first month. Bryan Mitchell got ht in the head. Now Eovaldi. Only Luis Severino - who was on a strict minor league pitch count (and whom we should now encase in bubble wrap) and Adam Warren (who was mostly in the bullpen) have gone the season without missing time.
For years, the NFL has been over-the-top with injuries. There is no sure thing in the NFL. You can have the league's best team, and a week later, your lineup is full of scrubs. Nobody survives an NFL season without breaking, straining, tweaking or tearing something. Baseball used to be manageable. (Cal Ripken!) But even now, injuries will hugely affect the post-season.
Let's be honest: A 154 game season won't solve the injury problem. But if you scattered eight off-days across the regular season, you would give each team's pitching staff - hell, their whole team - a better chance to heal. It would have to help.
It's time for the lords and toadies of the game to bite the golden bullet and accept eight fewer games of revenue. The owners can certainly afford it. The players can certainly afford it. The fans can deal with it. The pennant races will be just fine. And maybe - just maybe - a few more pitchers will last the season. Maybe the injury rate could drop to - say - 90 percent. Imagine that!