Originally Posted by RedsManRick
You say this like he hasn't been doing precisely this for years. He has a long track record of pitching this way, relying on the curveball, and allowing a low HR rate. The question is how/why he would stop being dominant in the 9th inning. Does he pitch differently? Does he hang more curves?
Even if the reason could be pinpointed, would it matter? Would he be able to make the adjustment needed to dramatically change what are very average career 9th inning numbers and still be effective? Or is it more "he is what he is, which we see by the results does not work in the final inning."
Sometimes, even if you can identify the problem, the next question always has to be "can you do anything about it?"