Comments on: The Bullpen Didn’t Need Burnett’s Control Issues Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:18:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: battlingbucs Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:16:08 +0000 I’ve had some similar thoughts. Instead of expanding to a full 26 or 27 man roster I thought about keeping the “taxi” position permanent. What I mean is having 26 players but only having 25 active for a game. So if you have a bullpen pitcher that went three innings the day before he could be deactivated for the next day or two without shortening the pen.

I also like your idea of a 7 man rotation but sort of combined with the 2 starters per game approach. Essentially you carry 7 starters two of which won’t make an official start that turn in the rotation but you can have them on a schedule for like two 3 inning outings each cycle. The remaining 5 pitchers will cover the rest of the time.

Also a final thought is what about teams starting to attempt and develop players like Micah Owings. Meaning players who can play the field and hit serviceably well but also be suitable bullpen pitchers. Just one of these guys would allow a team to essentially carry an 8 man bullpen without sacrificing a bench spot.

By: leadoff Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:12:56 +0000 It could be with baseball changing to modern day stats and the 100 pitch limit or close to it that baseball needs to adjust.
Teams might want to carry more pen pitchers because few pitchers these days and into the future are going to go past 6 innings or possibly get to 7. They should plan on covering 3 every night and consider covering 1 or 2 a rare night.
I think someone is going to think outside the box and start a new trend something like 2 starters per game is a thought.
Another way would be to go with a 7 man rotation giving pitchers more rest between starts keeping them stronger.
Widening the strike zone by 1 inch would also keep a lot pitcher around longer.
Major league baseball has enough money that they could easily add 2 players to the major league rosters.
Just some thoughts!

By: leadoff Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:52:46 +0000 Grilli and Melancon should not be involved with an overworked bullpen, there only overworked if the Pirates are ahead and that is a good thing. The rest of the pen working 2 innings and sometimes 3 is what is going to wear them down, My biggest concern right now is if they get into extra inning games, an 18 inning thriller that they seem to end up in somewhere down the road would kill this pen in a hurry.
Hurdle has his own system, he does not think a bullpen pitcher should pitch more than 3 days in a row. If you go by that theory, he is not overworking them, I have not done the research, but I don’t think any of them has pitched more than 3 days in a row with the exception of Melancon, I think he went 4 in row once.
Having said all this, IMO, Hurdles 3 day theory would only work if the pitchers pitched 1 inning each, therefore he would have to adjust days off by innings pitched. It would be interesting if someone would ask him his formula for resting pitchers beyond pitching 1 inning 3 days in a row.
Since Melancon and Grilli only work 1 inning with a rest after 3 games in a row plus they don’t pitch at all if he Pirates are behind in the late innings on paper they should not wear out.