LBJackal wrote:Because they're being smart. Sure they could be like the Marlins and Cubs and leave their guys in until their arms fall off. But look at the Marlins: Burnett out for the year, manager fired due to keeping pitchers in too long. Kerry Wood gets TJ surgery, Prior might be out for the year.
I can't blame Oakland for any decision they make with their pitchers, since Zito, Hudson, and Mulder's arms have been healthy due to using them properly.
Wood had his TJ surgery when the cubs were still under Don Baylor, so dont blame Dusty for that. And Prior is definitely not out for the season, he threw 50 pitches off the mound yesterday. And at 99 pitches I dont think there was any worry of Hudsons arm falling off. 99 isnt too many going into the 9th. However, he had given up 4 runs so I agree with bringing in Rhodes, even though I own Hudson.