Fans, Pitchers and Injuries.

Say you worked in a field with a lot of physical activity like construction. You’ve been there for a while, gotten to know your co-workers, made a few friends, etc. Well, during one stretch, you noticed that one of your friends has a rough stretch, makes a few mistakes on the job he doesn’t ordinarily make. Do you assume he’s injured? Or do you just cough it up to him having a rough stretch until you have evidence otherwise.

When it comes to pitching, particularly starting pitchers, fans tend to do the former. A rough series of starts? he *MUST* be injured! He’s our star pitcher! He’s perfect! There’s no way he can be healthy!

The point here isn’t to say whether or not a certain player is injured, it’s to point out that fans always assume the worst.

A fan over-analyzes a video, see that the curveball is breaking maybe an inch less than it usually does and thinks “Uh Oh, our ace is injured! Call the medics!”

Please.

Sometimes it’s not even a bad start, it’s a bad *inning* and yet fans panic.

Take a recent start by Adam Wainwright. He pitched 6 innings, in innings 1,2,4,5 and 6, he gave up one run and two hits. In the third inning he gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and an error by Matt Adams.

So did he have a bad start, or a bad inning?

And yet, on Twitter, everyone was concerned he may be injured. Or rather, they assumed he was, without medical evidence.

Why not, instead of assuming the worst, hope for the best? This a novel thought for sports fans, I know, but give it a try!

I’m going to hope that Waino bounces back next time and doesn’t have any bad innings.

 

Thanks for reading.

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