The Big Shift

How the rise of the one-inning arm is changing baseball

Updated: July 18, 2012, 12:30 PM ET
By Sam Miller | ESPN The Magazine

ON JUNE 12, A's reliever Sean Doolittle came into the sixth inning against the Rockies. The first two batters reached, and Doolittle was in a mess that could have overwhelmed a pitcher with lesser stuff: the tying runs on base with nobody out, the thin air of Coors Field, a slider that didn't seem to be working and Rockies star Carlos Gonzalez in the hole. But Doolittle kept it simple, pounding the strike zone with mid-90s fastballs, getting the first two outs on the ground and ...

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