Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Dodgers Not Helping My Day Get Better, Lose To Correia: Padres 3, Dodgers 1
A relief pitcher shall not be held accountable when the first batter to whom he pitches reaches first base on four called balls if such batter has a decided advantage in the ball and strike count when pitchers are changed.Weaver came in on a 2-0 count, struck out Correia, and was credited with a pair of strikeouts (the other was Edgar Gonzalez in the fifth). But what a crazy rule.(1) If, when pitchers are changed, the count is2 balls, no strike,and the batter gets a base on balls, the official scorer shall charge that batter and the base on balls to the preceding pitcher, not to the relief pitcher.
2 balls, 1 strike,
3 balls, no strike,
3 balls, 1 strike,
3 balls, 2 strikes,
(2) Any other action by such batter, such as reaching base on a hit, an error, a fielder’s choice, a force-out, or being touched by a pitched ball, shall cause such a batter to be charged to the relief pitcher.
(3) If, when pitchers are changed, the count is2 balls, 2 strikes,the official scorer shall charge that batter and the actions of that batter to the relief pitcher.
1 ball, 2 strikes,
1 ball, 1 strike,
1 ball, no strike,
no ball, 2 strikes,
no ball, 1 strike,
Of course, this idea might in and of itself be considered arbitrary, but at least it's a consistent idea which guides the specificity of parts 1 and 3 of the rule.
As for section 2, we can only guess at the intent, but I think it is saying that it's never reasonable to hold a pitcher accountable for a ball in play if he didn't throw it. I see the logic of this. Even if we think that the BIP may have been influenced by the starting count, that is speculative, unlike a BB or K, which is the concrete outcome of an incremental process started by the previous pitcher.