Originally Posted by redsof72
Owings is the only true long man out of the bunch but he is also the guy who was least effective in 2009 (other than Lincoln of course). If they needed a spot starter, it would be nice to have the long man there, all things being equal. The other spot starter option would be calling up Lehr, but then you would have to create a spot on the 40-man.
The nice thing about Owings in the long role is his versatility. If you use him early, he can hit for himself a time or two and not have to use a couple of more relevers in the middle innings if Owings is pitching well.
The manager just has to push the right buttons and use him wisely.
If you haven't used him by the 5th or 6th inning he goes into pinch-hitting mode. If the game goes extra innings and he's still available, you again can use him for multiple innings and let him hit for himself instead of using other relievers.