Joe Sheehan: "If a team scores eight runs to go up 8-0, is the next half-inning governed by "pitching to the score" or "shutdown inning"?"
Actually, what I'd like to see is some SDCN (never mind, you don't want to know) run the numbers for what happens in the inning before a pitcher's team scores, and try to get away with peddling it to radio and TV broadcasters as an important ability. You would need some good jargon; if the inning after one's team scores is a shutdown inning, what is the inning before that? An empty plate inning? I can't think of a good one, but I do think that pitchers who do well in those innings have excellent anticipatory skills; they're one step ahead. I promise: pitchers with better results in those innings (shutup innings?) do better than other pitchers, and their teams win more games. So it must be important!
(Last year I pretty much just listened to the regular Giants radio team all through October. Not that they can't be sabermetrically challenged at times; Jon Miller is fairly obsessed with results with runners in scoring position. But still, a whole lot better than most network guys).