Ask Gary: Did the Rays overuse their bullpen?

by Gary Shelton on September 26, 2015 · 0 comments

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Saturday, 6 a.m.

Do you subscribe to the notion that the Rays overused their bullpen the first half of the season which was a major contributor to the dismal season? Are you aware of any stats comparing the pitch count of the Rays' starters as compared to the pitch count of starters from the quality pitching staffs in MLB? Do you think the Rays will modify this strategy next year?

Barry McDowell

Dismal? Don't you remember the 106-loss seasons? Seasons have been far dismal-er than this.

The Rays had a lot of reasons for their substandard season, including newcomers in the outfield, confusion over extra inning games and an uncommon amount of injuries. There still aren't a lot of all-stars on this team, are there?

But, yeah, I thought they overused their bullpen. Sometimes, it couldn't be helped. But there were too many nights when a starter who had allowed one run would get jerked from the game. The Rays' bullpen was worked harder than any bullpen in the league this year. It has to have some affect.

Here are the numbers: Chris Archer actually worked hard this year.

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