Skin Blues wrote:Up by 7 runs and the A's bring in Balfour for the fifth consecutive day. Not just 5th game in 6 days with an off-day in between, but 5 days in a row. Just asking for meltdown-city come the playoffs. I know the old timers will say "back in my day we threw 100 pitches every single day, and we liked it" but this is insanity at it's finest. Cook was used for the 4th straight day but at least at the time it was a tight game. I know Oakland has shown zero long term interest in any of their relievers, dumping them as soon as the have success (as they should) but they need these guys for the playoffs.
Maybe they won't melt down. Maybe it won't effect them at all. I'll tell ya what though, if one of these relievers gives up a home run on a hanging whatever, people will point to this and blame the manager. And that's not fair at all. There's going to be days to rest in between some games. I don't think there is anything to be concerned about.
This really reminded me of the Johan thing (similar response to being overworked) so I went back to find the quotes. It's like deja vu:
Skin Blues wrote:I'd be much more comfortable going with Moore @ Miami than Johan @ Yankees. I don't think pitchers generally have a very good follow-up start after throwing a no-hitter, especially when they throw so many more pithes than they usually do.
Syfo-Dyas wrote:After that start Johan got 2 extra days rest, so I wouldnt worry about that.
Two days of rest, so he'll be fine, right?
Before no-hitter: 2.38 ERA in 68 IP
After no-hitter: 8.27 ERA in 49 IP
Johan had a significant injury history which makes Terry Collins' decision all the more stupid, but pitchers that are overworked lose effectiveness and/or get injured.