Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
In a July 2, 1963 game, the Giants beat the Braves 1-0 in 16 innings.
Both Juan Marichal (227 pitches) and Warren Spahn (201 pitches) threw complete games.
I looked up in Retrosheet what each one did their next start. Spahn only pitched a complete game shutout against the Colt 45's on July 7. Marichal didn't fare as well. He went seven innings in a 5-2 loss to the Cardinals.
IMO, every pitcher is different and should be treated as such. Some can go out and throw 150 pitches and seemingly doesn't affect them. While others need to be "babied" and limited in their pitch counts. A blanket of X number of pitches for every pitcher doesn't need to be followed. It's up to the manager to know his pitcher and how much his arm can take.