Sunday, August 28, 2005

Over-Pitching

It is great to see Jason Marquis get his first career shutout. It is great to see Chris Carpenter get a complete game almost every start to improve is Cy Young resume. BUT, maybe La Russa should consider giving these guys a rest. Considering last year when Carpenter got hurt (they call it a fluke nerve thing, but less pitching could not have hurt) and Mulder sucked down the stretch for the A's, I think a little rest would be nice for the rotation.

I read today that La Russa has Carpenter mapped out for four days rest until the end of the season so that he will be lined up for the first playoff game. Basically, what Tony wants is Carpenter pitching on Sept. 28th, five days before the first playoff games could be. I think that him and Duncan can work something out where the Ace gets either a couple extra rest days along the way, or skips one start entirely. It may slightly hurt his Cy Young numbers, but it is worth it.

On Sept. 1st the rosters expand and Anthony Reyes should come back up. Even though he has struggled in AAA since his great MLB debut, he should get a start or two to help give the rotation rest.

In my book, Marquis has to pitch one more great game and not have any more ugly starts (more than 5 ER) in order to bump Suppan from the playoff rotations. There are two other key advantages to having Marquis as the odd man out.

  • Pinch Hitting and Running. There would be a question whether he sits in the dugout or bullpen. Essentially he would expand the roster to 26 players since he is a relief pitcher and a pinch hitter.
  • Shorter innings. Before his last two starts, Marquis had a regular pattern of pitching 5 or six good innings before collapsing in the last part of the game when he gets up in the pitch count. He gets tired, he elevates the ball, people smack it. Out of the bullpen that is not an issue.

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Maybe LaRussa reads your blog, he pulled Carpenter after 7.2 the other day when he was cruising.

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