Havok1517 wrote:Okay, and those 6-12 pitches he threw an inning must have been hell on his arm, also considering he hasn't made the move back to SP yet, so we'll see. So we'll ask Eck (whom they moved to closer because it was easier on his arm). Do you really think that
3-12 in one inning is harder than starting??? Come on, then Beckett should move to closer right now!!!
I think another thing you failed to consider is that Smoltz took longer to warmup than most other RP. Usually an inning and a half was needed for him to get ready or a full inning at the very least. That constant for several days in a row, while only 16 pitches per Inn avg on paper is actually quite a bit more, that will wear on an arm pretty good. Also Smoltz did say in the AJC that closing wasnt like SP in that closing was going out there and throwing your hardest for short periods of time..whereas SP you work into a rythmn. Just reinforcing what was said that Smoltz thought SP was easier on the arm than closing. Which also leads me to agree with the stress that Lidge has been put through that he may indeed be headed to a DL near you sooner rather than later. Just my 2 pennies worth.