I’ve long said that pitchers need to be better hitters, because really, these cats are athletes, and there is no reason they shouldn’t be able to put themselves in a better position to help their team. A few extra cuts in the cage before the game can go a long way over the course of a season.
That’s why I was tickled pink to read Matt Gelb’s latest offering in The Inquirer that details the friendly competition between The Four Aces to see which of them is best at handling the lumber.
Not content to be one of the best starting staffs in the Majors, these guys want to turn up the heat on the opposing pitchers. In doing so, they stand to help out their team by not giving away at bats, but they can earn a little extra dough, thanks to an elaborately designed points system, courtesy of bench coach Pete Mackanin.
And they asked Mackanin, an independent party in the wager, to develop a system for keeping score. So he awards one point for each successful bunt, hit, RBI, quality at-bat (one that lasts at least five pitches), walk, hit by pitch, and line drive out. For every failed bunt attempt and double play, a point is subtracted.