Dominant Would-Be Relievers Being Wasted in MLB Rotations

« Prev
1 of 7
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
Dominant Would-Be Relievers Being Wasted in MLB Rotations
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

A team paying a pitcher $5 million for 180-200 innings gets more value for their money than one paying the same amount for 70 innings. So it stands to reason that so many teams are insisting pitchers stay in the rotation as long as their performance is tenable.

Unfortunately, this means many teams miss out on potential dominance from those pitchers over shorter stretches. For some, this is due to the restraint needed to stretch one's effectiveness out over 100 pitches. While they may be dominant giving 100 percent, they can only give 80 percent to last that long.

For others, they have only two effective pitches, which is enough for one or two innings, but starters usually need three to turn over a lineup twice. These pitchers would be much better off used in the 'pen, but of course, the value of raw innings pitched will keep them slaving away in the rotation.

Begin Slideshow »
Load More Stories

Follow B/R on Facebook

Out of Bounds

MLB

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.