Mr. Colby wrote:Pirates relievers have pitched the 2nd most innings in the league - 155.
Hopefully we can continue to get longer starts out of our starters that we have been lately so they don't die in august and september again.
Although those 155 innings haven't been too labor-some for at least 3 of the relievers
It's starting to level out a little bit as starters are getting deeper into the game. Right now with Gomez in the rotation they don't have a long man to soak up 2-3 innings in a non-competitive game. That problem should solve itself once Morton or Pitching God Karstens returns. They also have relievers in AAA like Black and Welker to turn to this year if people fade (not including Jared Hughes who may or may not be salvaged). Whether or not the team will turn to them over this year's version of Chad Qualls or Takahashi is another matter. I get that it's risky to turn to a rookie late in the year but hard throwing guys in the system should be utilized. I'd like to see them get a LOOGY at some point since Wilson tends to walk too many guys and MATW can't be trusted. I worry about the walk rate of the pitching staff more than the innings logged.
In 2011, the Pirates were under .500 from April 18th until June 8th, then spent the next 2 weeks around .500 until June 24th and stayed over .500 until August 3rd as a 10-game losing streak swallowed them whole. Last year they were under .500 from April 11th until May 30th, and stayed over .500 until September 19th. Obviously this could all go to hell at a moment's notice, but if they keep expanding their window of good play one of these years they will have too many wins banked before they fade to finish under .500.