The "Fine China" contingent of RedsZone is sure to weigh in on this thread.
I agree with the posters who've said that the undependability of the bullpen made it difficult for Jerry or Pete to end a quality start just because of a pitch count. Now that the bullpen has improved some, it seems to have made a big difference in the Reds' success at converting quality starts into wins.
The posts about starter abuse have made me think that giving a manager a short-term contract is inviting the manager to abuse the starters, since the 1-year deal sends the message that the manager's job is dependent upon winning now. Maybe those who would like to see Pete given just a 1-year deal should factor that into their equation?