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How come Rivera was never a SP?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:35 pm
by JGarrison
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

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:37 pm
by Yoda
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.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:37 pm
by bigh0rt
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.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:55 pm
by blankman
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.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:56 pm
by Yoda
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.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:10 pm
by silverZ
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.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:13 pm
by davidmarver
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 .

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:14 pm
by silverZ
Knuckle balls dont count !+)

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:16 pm
by The Jury
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.