Originally Posted by flash
In the last four shutouts Dusty has relieved the starter in the ninth inning. I realize in Volquez's first shutout he only had a three run lead, but in the other games the Reds were up 4, 5, and 7 runs. The pitch counts were not really high either. Why not let the starter go for the big zero?
Volquez was at 110 pitches last night after 8 innings. That's pretty high. I know in the game that Cueto went 8 innings that he told Dusty he was gassed, and wanted out.