So, I was listening to the Baseball Today Podcast from yesterday (4/30/07). They were answering a question about "what is it that tires out a relief pitcher" and hit on some interesting things. They mention a study that says that most relievers can't go over 100 innings per season, "year in, year out"; sure. Then, they talked about how most teams have twelve man staffs, and each guy can't go out there for three or more innings each game and expect not expect them to break down over time. However, because most relievers are only being used for an inning, third or two-thirds an inning, it makes a lot more sense to use a list of guys to lighten the load. They also mentioned several teams (Leo did it and probably still does) keep track of all pitches thrown; his includes bullpen and warm up sessions.
I don't know where I'm going with this. Maybe that using as many relievers as the O's have been using isn't such a bad thing as most of those guys need to build their arm strengths up anyway. Perhaps pitching two-thirds of an inning helps out bullpen...I mean, unless your Scott Williamson; I'm still sad that he's out. Sad, sad, sad.
THIS WASN'T THE BEST THOUGHT OUT DIARY POST!