This article is part of our The Z Files series.Last week, some hitting data was investigated to help frame category management. I've been asked if I was going to repeat the study for pitching. The answer is, almost, but not quite.
It's cliché but the axiom, "bully hitting, manage pitching" holds true even as other aspects of the game change. When micro-managing the hitting categories, at-bats are paramount. If allowed by the rules, playing favorable matchups is important. However, especially once injuries kick in, thinning reserves and the available pool in general limits the upgrade between players for the fringe active roster spots. Perhaps better said, the weekly hitting upgrade incurred isn't as significant as managing the pitching side of the ledger where two-start weeks make a huge difference, along with the ability to use a dominant middle reliever in lieu of a one-start arm with a poor matchup.
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