This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
I appreciate you readers who take the time to provide feedback in the comments section after each article. Sometimes, they even predict what is coming in my next column, which was the case last week as I posted the data behind my 200 IP rants from recent podcasts and radio appearances:
That is the purpose of this week's article. I had thought about diving further into that for the previous column, but two things deterred me from doing so. Primarily, I was 72 hours post surgery on my wrist and forearm, so typing was a bit of a problem and voice recognition software in Office struggled with my Percocet-enhanced accent. Secondarily, I thought the article was a bit long with the data tables, so thought it best to break up the point into two separate pieces.
This week, as I listened to an episode of the Razzball podcast that had the Athletic's Eno Sarris as a guest, even he said "something like 30 guys a year throw 200 innings," which validated the premise of the entire piece. I love Eno like a brother, and even someone as tuned into baseball as he is doubled the actual figure out of habit.
We should first get back into the data and see where 200 IP come from. We will use the same data set — looking at the last five full baseball seasons. That gives us 150 opportunities (30 teams x 5 seasons) for a team to have a pitcher work