kab21 wrote:Element wrote:
Sure. He had some elevated pitch counts. But you'd expect to be there when throwing 8 innings plus nearly every start. I watched nearly every start and everything looked smooth and effortless. He labored in very few starts this season. When it's time for the ligament to go it'll go. I don't care if you throw 100+ pitches every game or only get into a game every now and again. It doesn't matter if you throw 85 or 95. All of these things being done in today's game to prevent the injury is somewhat ridiculous. Are rebuilding clubs supposed to put their guys in a bubble until they're ready to compete again? I have no issues at all with the way that the Mets treated him. I wish more teams would loosen kid gloves a bit.
He's a rookie that was still adjusting to a major league workload that was going to be shutdown at some point. These guys are always in bubbles when pitch counts are concerned. What's the point of sending him back out there down by 3+ runs and already over 100 pitches?
I, personally, would be more concerned with pitchers that display less efficiency. For as many innings as he's totaled, he's only 37th in the league in pitches per inning. He has not labored at all this season. And for someone that throws as hard as he does, he hardly looked like he's trying. If pitchers are going to break, they'll break. There isn't a mathematical formula for this. Until his last start, he's looked in control and effortless since his call up. Again, as Harvey mentioned yesterday, forearm stiffness is not something that is new to him. He has experienced it since high school after his starts. This could've been there the entire time. When it's time, it's just time.