This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
Remember that scene in Bull Durham where Crash Davis requests that Ebby Calvin Nuke Laloosh hit the bull with the next pitch? Apparently our content tool does not allow me to embed a video as a specific time stamp, so jump ahead to the 1:05 mark to see the statement that accurately reflects how I want to respond to every inquiry I receive about pitching in 2022:
Anyone who states he definitively knows how pitching will play out in 2022 is being dishonest. We spent 2021 in uncharted territory coming off disrupted routines and workloads and saw many pitchers go down with injuries of one form or another. The postseason has offered little relief with impact arms going down early and often from either soft tissue or bone injuries as we witness both Atlanta and Houston crawl to the finish line with what is left of their respective pitching staffs.
The pending lockout means that pitchers and teams will possibly be separated longer than either party desires. It has to be uncomfortable for teams who manage every detail of these pitchers from offseason conditioning to daily regimens throughout the season. Teams must now give away the comfort which comes from that level of control along with the complete unknown of how bodies and arms will bounce back from a full season of work following the abbreviated season in 2020 because there is no such baseline from which to work. Teams normally prefer to keep year over year workload increases between