Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 10/26/14
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In the last few days, I've posted links to a couple of wild card game strategy pieces (FanGraphs, Beyond the Box Score). Both of the articles mainly advocate that the Pirates use as many pitchers as possible, both to maximize results from starters like Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole (that is, knowing that they'd throw fewer pitches they could theoretically be more effective over six innings if the two of them go three apiece at maximum effor than if Liriano goes six with the usual reserve required to start), and to maximize results against the Reds' lefties.  To be blunt, Clint Hurdle is not going to do this. He's not going to limit Liriano to 14 hitters and pull him as soon as he sees Jay Bruce for the second time. He's not going to piggyback Cole and Liriano to get six or seven innings between the two of them. The Pirates and baseball in general have moved quite a ways towards sabermetrics in the last decade, but we're not quite that far yet. Still, thinking along those lin...
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