Bears fans, here are the positives about the franchise reportedly reaching a contract agreement Thursday with Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon.
The Buccaneers really liked Glennon and, according to the Tampa Bay Times, were offering a deal that would have made him the NFL’s highest-paid backup at an $8 million per-year average if he re-signed. He’s got a strong arm and he looked damn good in practice,” one team source told Sporting News.
Friedrich was part of the four-man rotation in its early stages, though he pitched on three days’ rest only three times in seven starts. In fact, the four-man rotation wasn’t strictly followed; Rox pitchers started just 20 times on three days’ rest in 55 games to which it applied. Colorado went to a straight five-man rotation after Chacin returned from the disabled list on Aug. 21. Chacin never went on three days’ rest at all.
The one constant in the whole deal was the pitch limits: Friedrich, Chacin and everyone else had them, and Rockies hurlers averaged 76.3 pitches per start over the 97 games of the experiment. The maximum pitch count by a starter in that period was 97, by Jeff Francis. The minimum was 53, by Drew Pomeranz.
That range makes the Rockies’ experiment relevant to today’s game.
Let’s fast-forward to 2016: Major league pitchers threw 100 or more pitches in just 35.7 percent of starts last season, per baseball-reference.com. That’s the lowest percentage over the past 10 seasons (40.7 percent in 2007 was the previous low). A plurality of pitchers (49.2 percent) lasted between 80 and 99 pitches last season. Pitchers failed to crack 80 pitches in the remaining 15 Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK percent Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China of starts. That’s the highest such percentage since ’07.