The Indians Corey Kluber was as dominant as any pitcher has been in my lifetime of watching MLB. Here’s how dominant Kluber was in this game. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and also had struck out 18 Cardinals in eight innings. Kluber had a chance to complete one of the best-pitched games in the history of baseball. He was positioned to try and break the all-time nine-inning strikeout record of 20 BUT, he was at 113 pitches and that was about 13 pitches too many by today's standards and so he was not allowed to pitch the ninth inning. That decision was disappointing but not surprising given the state of today's corporate MLB mindset. I am a Terry Francona fan - not the way he manages the game (too much'by the book' for my taste - along with choosing the weak Murphy over premier RF Jeff Francona last season) but by the way he manages the clubhouse. No, the decision to yank Kluber and throw away a chance at history was made by MLB: play the game by the awful and unwritten book of rules'. And, in this case it was maximum pitch count for a starting pitcher.
I have never agreed with pitch count limits but of course, I am just a guy who never played the game at a level beyond AA, so what could I possibly know? However, HOF pitchers like Bob Gibson, Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver (just to name a few) have the same opinion as I do.
Just who came up with magical number of 100 pitches? Was it thought of by other unknown HOF pitchers and then instituted in the past 20+ years by the far to many many 'play by the book' managers or GM's? Or, possibly by leading kinesiologists and doctors after years of study and consultation with various HOF pitchers ? Or, possibly some corporate moron (and there are a ton of those guys in MLB) just thought it would be easier to have the round number of '100' be the maximum number a guy should pitch every 5 days? I am betting on the latter and will do some more research on just who should be blamed for this idiocy.
In the meantime, congrats to Cory Kluber for a fantastic performance. Hopefully, he is back to his Cy Young form.