Title: What Would you rather have?
Leemarlin87 - October 20, 2011 09:56 PM (GMT)
Just saw this question asked and thought I'd bring it up on here
The old saying is pitching wins championships but this year the Phillies rotation was far and away the best in the Playoffs and they went out 1st round as the big bats wern't there whilst Cards and the Rangers have been scoring a lot of runs on there way to the series.
I personally prefer to watch a good pitching duel as last nights WS game 1 was for the 4 innings or so over a 4 hour home run ding dong exchange between 2 teams but then I love the feeling and excitment of seeing your team reel of say 6 straight hits on there way to a big inning,
I'd prefer to have a mixture of both of course which is obviously the intention of every team but I'd rather have a great pitching staff over a big hitting lineup.
fishandchippers - October 20, 2011 11:29 PM (GMT)
I'm a Braves fan so that's obvious. Pitching, always pitching.
Tijani - October 21, 2011 12:12 AM (GMT)
I went with strong pitching. There is something great about watching a game and knowing that 1 run might win it. The game changes and every baserunner becomes more important. Players start to bunt for hits and teams try to do everything they can to advance and score runners.
I think the Rangers are a good example of why you need a strong pitching staff. For years the Rangers had an offence that could match any team in baseball but their pitching wasn’t close to what was needed to win the AL West. They have better pitching and have now managed to reach the World Series two years in a row.
galraen - October 21, 2011 12:42 PM (GMT)
Went with pitching, which should surprise nobody, but as the A's have shown over the years, you need to score runs to back it up. Our hitting wasn't all that in the 70's but we did have the knack of scoring runs when it mattered.
I don't think it's fair to cite the Phillies early exit against it either, the post season these days is a complete crap shoot.
Barney1975 - October 24, 2011 03:34 PM (GMT)
I'll go with awesome hitting, though I'll add an caveat in that the hitting doesn't necessarily have to be a bunch of sluggers, a high OBP, speedy lineup puts worry lines on even the finest pitchers. Also I'd want that lineup to be above average with the glove and have a few cannons in the outfield.
An excellent rotation is fine but I'd rather have a deep, varied and efficient bullpen. If the hitting is 'awesome' they should be able to work a few double digit at bats and send an ace to the showers after a 6 1/3 IP, 1ER over 110 pitches outing, then the bullpen shuts down the oppo whilst the hitters turn a dozen or so 6 inning losses into 9 inning wins so October baseball is plausible and then you're into the old 'intangibles' cliche.
Ronnie. - October 26, 2011 10:13 PM (GMT)
Easy choice for me, pitching.
Quite apart from the fact that good pitching will win you more games on its own than good hitting,I happen to be a fan of well pitched baseball. The high scoring slugfests send me to sleep. How much more enjoyable is a game where every run, indeed every hit, could be the vital one that decides the outcome of the game. With the slugfests it is a bit ho-hum, there goes another HR, missed it but never mind there will be another along in a minute. On the other hand a pitching duel is quite fascinating, every pitch thought through, the tension, strategy and skill involved in each AB is real Baseball to me.
AlextheBrave - October 27, 2011 09:28 AM (GMT)
Default answer is clearly good pitching and it always will be. However the game at the moment seems to have a lot more depth at pitching than hitting. If you have one of the best hitting lineups you seem to be further ahead of the pack as opposed to having one of the best pitching staffs, the gap from top-tier rotations to middle of the pack is shorter than hitting.
Rangers are an example, top-tier hitting lineup, middle of the pack pitching staff.