Ben and Sam catch up on the Yankees-Tigers ALCS and Ben’s beat-writing adventures, then talk about why players and stats disagree about the difficulty of pitching on short rest, and Jim Leyland’s comments about closers.
- Pitching on short rest
- Playoff bullpen management
Ben recaps his brief experience as a beat reporter covering the Yankees-Tigers ALCS. He is unsure if being at the game made his recaps significantly better.
- Responses to Keith Law indicate that while data shows pitcher quality drop-off on short rest, players do not necessarily believe it.
- Jim Leyland is hesitant to name a closer going forward in the rest of the ALCS.
- Part of value of having a defined closer in the regular season is not having to constantly answer questions about it for several months.