Comments on: A Lot Being Asked of Pirates’ Bullpen Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:01:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Matt Beam Tue, 23 Apr 2013 01:27:16 +0000 Why does Clint continue to run Jared Hughes out there for the 7th inning? He has been less than stellar so far this year

By: David Lewis Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:52:38 +0000 It’s way too early in the season to use the “at this pace” extrapolation. Grilli has only topped 70 IP twice – but of the 30 pitchers with the most saves last season, only 8 topped 70 IP, and six of those were not closers for the entire season. Only two pitchers who were their team’s closers for the entire season topped 70 innings – it’s not a common occurrence.

Of course, one of those two was Jason Motte, who is headed for TJ surgery, so…

By: Ecbucs Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:34:21 +0000 I imagine they are doing this, but the club needs to make sure no one at Indy or Altoona that is a possible call up gets overused even for a short stretch.

By: joe g. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:10:36 +0000 Not sure of the exact rules but my guess is that they use the disabled list if needed to rest some of these guys and take advantage of their depth. Morton, Liriano, Karstens, Cole are part of the depth equation as well.

By: leadoff Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:44:25 +0000 I am sure the Pirates are aware they could wear the bullpen out.
Of course there is another way of looking at it, they might wear the bullpen down true, but they might preserve the starting pitchers, thus have them around in Sept. something they did not have much of last year, after all very few starters are going to pitch more than 100 pitches in a game no matter when they throw them.
I believe the Pirates can replace bullpen pitchers a lot easier than they can replace starters.
As far as Grilli and Melancon are concerned, they are the by-product of a team ahead in the late innings, the Pirates are going to work them hard if they continue to be ahead late in games, that leaves 5 bullpen pitchers that they are worried about wearing out, they have more than 5 replacement talents to replace them if necessary.
Just a few that I can think of.
1. Morris
2. Black
3. Welker
4. Locke
5. McPherson
6. Oliver
IMO, they probably will wear couple of them out but they can easily replace a couple of them. IMO, in the big picture I don’t see them wearing out the bullpen when you take into consideration that there are other pitchers that could be part of the bullpen that are not even here.
The only pitchers in the bullpen I would worry about are Grilli and Melancon, those two would be tough to replace and you can’t really preserve them if the Pirates keep getting ahead in games.
I believe if I am the Pirates my biggest concern with the starters is their efficiency, they can’t get caught up in 30 pitch innings and foul ball hitters costing them many pitches, they might end up with good ERA’s but they might wear everyone out in the process.