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Old 04-22-2019, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by HomeFish View Post

If current trends continue, 2019 will be the first year since the 60's where relievers have had a worse ERA than starters. The article blames the trend of pulling SPs out of games earlier.
Being able to see parts of many different games, thanks to T-Mobile, I anecdotally agree with this. Bullpens have been really bad, especially with respect to throwing strikes. A case in point is yesterday's Sox game. Gardenhire nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by taking out the starter after 5 innings. However, it appears Norris is coming back from an injury. So, there may be times this is necessary; however, overall, it seems like it's just the thing to do now. Look at what has happened recently to Hader in Milwaukee.

Looking at just usage from an IP standpoint is probably not adequate either. There might be some latent effect associated with days in a row pitching and number of pitches.

The next big thing in pitching is not going to be the opener, but the return of the long reliever. Someone call Sean Lowe!
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