Why Do Managers Do This?

I am by no means and expert on all the rules of baseball.  But I do have one question that has been on my mind for awhile.  Maybe someone can clear up my confusion.  My question is this:  When a starting pitcher is doing very well, and winning the game, why does the manager take them out?  I know this doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens often enough.  If a pitcher is “in the zone” why decide to put somebody else in?  I have seen it backfire so many times this season.  I just finished watching the Phillies beat the Giants 7-6 in 11 innings.  I’m very glad they won, but Tim Lincecum had them down 4-1 and then the manager decided to take him out.  If Lincecum would have stayed in, I bet they would have won.  This was a mistake by Bruce Bochy that I’m glad he made and worked in the Phillies favor.  But what is the reasoning of decisions like this?

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3 Responses

  1. Short answer: Lincecum is a young, star pitcher with a fat contact.

    I don’t like it either:

    http://nightowlcards.blogspot.com/2010/04/gah.html

  2. I agree. the other reason is whoever came up with the god awful pitch count. 100 pitches or so and you are done, unlike the old days.

    It helped us though:
    http://emeraldcitydiamondgems.blogspot.com/2010/04/thank-goodness-for.html

  3. Follow my link in the Owl’s post for further dismay. They send the 4 worst pitchers to the pen and then depend on them in pressure situations on a daily basis. I will never get it. Just wait until the Cubbie’s 4 man outfield rotation catches on.

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