Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Why is 150 innings too many for a reliever? He's used to 130 or so innings, so the jump there should prove no problem. Too, if he's not needed, then don't use him until the next game. Or the one after.
But 120 innings shouldn't be too hard to get and keep him protected. (Multiple innings, but two two days between appearances, for the most part.)
Can you name many relievers who have pitched 150 innings in a season?
They simply are very few.
100 innings for a reliever is considered a stretch these days.
Mike Marshall has the record I believe of about 162 innings ( I believe he qualified for the ERA title) but it's been pretty rare. As in almost non-existent.
And certainly no one has done it for very long.