Originally Posted by bigfunguy
OK...here's my work around. Say Cueto is getting lit up (god forbid). But nobody is ready outta the pen...you have Cueto just delay. He gets thrown out...if new pitcher isnt ready, you insert Arroyo (or whoever pitched last night---somebody who aint gonna play). According to the rules, he has to face one batter---BUT if he just REFUSES to pitch...what can they do?? Eject him?? Fine--by then, LeCure is ready. :>)
That's pretty dirty. At some point with these loopholes you get into the 'unwritten rules' and things that you just shouldn't do. I have a feeling that if the scenario you just laid out was used in a game - especially an important one - every one who wasn't a fan of that particular team would have a very good reason to hate them. Take the potential loss, it's not worth the ripple effect.
Not to mention you are doing all of this with the HOPE that LeCure or whoever can pitch no run ball (or very close to it) and that the Reds' bats can come alive to answer to whatever your starter gave up.
That's a pretty big reach.