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Hi,

I was watching a game last week and the commentator had mentioned that the manager was “putting a strain” on his bullpen and was over using certain relief pitchers. He then went to point out how this guy or that guy had made a ton of appearances this year. When I checked the lineup, most of the relief pitchers had only pitched about 50-60 innings for the year. While you have many starters who have hit 200 innings. Yes some of these relievers may throw 20-30 pitchings in an inning, but sometimes they may only have to throw one. so that would seem to wash out in the end. Perhaps someone could explain how pitch counts, innings, rest between appearances works and how it impacts relief pitchers.

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Well, if you watch the video that I posted about pitch counts from Paul Reddick you will get to understand it more. In a sense, the commentator doesn’t know anything about pitch counts I’m guessing. Some pitchers may be better than others, some may be feeling better that day, some may pitch shorter innings, there are so many variables as to why he would be “putting a strain” on his pitchers. Many starters usually have injury free mechanics (or what major league coaches would think of as injury free mechanics) and usually around 85-95mph range. So they aren’t going to throw as hard, as strenuous as a 95+mph pitcher. Obviously for those below that range, they usually have less strength base so they aren’t going to sustain as long as starters. Sometimes a pitcher who has the same pitch count as another, with the same athleticism, usually the one who has pitched more innings can pitch more because he has more rest in between innings. A pitcher could come into a game already exhausted from a workout or another game. You can take many things into account and these are a few.

       

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With relief pitchers it is all about appearances. Relief pitchers have many more appearances than starters. This means relief pitchers throw a lot more pitches in the pen as opposed to starters which is the issue here.

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