Originally Posted by kittle42
A pitcher should not be expected to have to be near perfect the great majority of his starts. Some run support would be nice. This isn't a closer whose job is almost completely to protect 1-2 run leads in an inning's work.
Baseball is a team game - wins are dependent upon how the entire team plays. I refuse to tag a starter who coughs up a 1-run lead in a 1-0 game in late innings with full responsibility, even if "he knew the situation he was in."
Amen. It completely
ignores the rest of the pitcher's performance up to that point. And it's not like "knowing the situation" is going to make a pitcher think, "Oh ****, I need to be a good
pitcher here because there's two outs with RISP." You're either good, or you're not.