Re: Jake Peavy, Johan Santana, & Brandon Webb
Excellent post Cyclone792. I couldn't agree more.
I remember when Narron said he wanted to go with a 4 man rotation "because that is the way it was done when baseball was played the right way. If it worked then it will work now."
Of course back then the mound was higher, the strike zone was bigger, few pitchers could throw 90mph, fewer breaking balls were thrown (which are harder on the arm than straight pitches), most hitters were 5'9" tall and 175 pounds and couldn't hit the ball hard, there was 3x more foul territory (to catch foul popups) and the fences were 30 feet farther back. In short -- pitching was much easier back then. All a pitcher had to do was throw the ball over the plate and let the hitters get themselves out. They didn't have to worry much about giving up the rare home run.
Apparently Narron was completely oblivious to the fact the game has changed in the last 50 years.
Baseball Prospectus did a study that appeared in "Baseball Beyond the Numbers" that stated if a pitcher throws 120+ pitches in a game once, that he is 50% likely to be injured within 2 weeks. Arroyo had a three game stretch this season of 117, 120+ and 120+ pitches. He was soon exhibiting a sore arm, so the Reds pushed him back a couple days for extra rest a few times. The Reds dodged a real bullet there.
I believe Arroyo and Harang were #1 and #2 in the major leagues last year for most pitches thrown on the season.