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How come Rivera was never a SP?

Postby JGarrison » Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:35 pm

He was a SP for one year, his rookie year and that is it. How come they never tried starting him another year? That would be interesting to see ;-D :-o
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Postby Yoda » Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:37 pm

He was originally a starter. But with only a dominant fastball, he was better suited for the pen and look how well it worked out.
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Postby bigh0rt » Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:37 pm

Just being presumptuous here, but I assume his arm couldn't shoulder the workload of a 300+ inning season of work, or the throwing 100 pitches every 5 days schedule. A lot of pitchers have had this happen, including the likes of Jason Isringhausen, Octavio Dotel, among others. Pitching under 100 IP/season is a day at the beach compared to a SPs workload of innings.
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Postby blankman » Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:55 pm

bigh0rt wrote:Just being presumptuous here, but I assume his arm couldn't shoulder the workload of a 300+ inning season of work, or the throwing 100 pitches every 5 days schedule. A lot of pitchers have had this happen, including the likes of Jason Isringhausen, Octavio Dotel, among others. Pitching under 100 IP/season is a day at the beach compared to a SPs workload of innings.


Who pitches 300 innings now? 8-o

I assume you meant 200.

I've heard that its just as tough as being a starter because you pitch so much more often, but I don't know if thats true.
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Postby Yoda » Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:56 pm

bigh0rt wrote:Just being presumptuous here, but I assume his arm couldn't shoulder the workload of a 300+ inning season of work, or the throwing 100 pitches every 5 days schedule. A lot of pitchers have had this happen, including the likes of Jason Isringhausen, Octavio Dotel, among others. Pitching under 100 IP/season is a day at the beach compared to a SPs workload of innings.


Actually this had absolutely nothing to do with it.
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Postby silverZ » Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:10 pm

Probably because he lives and dies by his cutter. I don't think there are any SP that only throw one pitch 90% of the time.
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Postby davidmarver » Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:13 pm

silverZ wrote:Probably because he lives and dies by his cutter. I don't think there are any SP that only throw one pitch 90% of the time.

Tim Wakefield ;-D .
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Postby silverZ » Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:14 pm

Knuckle balls dont count !+)
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Postby The Jury » Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:16 pm

It's simple - he's not good enough to be a starter. A lot of pitcher flourish as relievers but in the big picture, they aren't as good as starting pitchers.
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