Originally Posted by TDog
Many subcribe to the theory that pitchers get better by not pitching. It never made sense to me. Although limiting a pitcher's number of innings certainly limits a pitcher's chance of being hit with a line drive or being injured while covering first, I've never seen a pitcher's season-long skills improve after being shut down to limit his innings. It isn't as if outs that Sale gets this year are outs he doesn't get next year.
I was watching Red Sox/Tigers last night and announcer was talking about Lester. He dominated Tigers last night. Red Sox shut Lester down for 2 weeks during the All Star break since he hit a rough stretch after starting out really well. He has been pretty dominant since they rested him for 2 weeks.