Originally Posted by dougdirt
In 2003, Prior averaged 121 pitches over his final 13 starts. In 2012, the entire Reds pitching staff had one single game over 121 pitches and it was Cueto, who threw 122 pitches in that game (complete game, June 12th).
It's very hard to argue that Baker didn't overwork Prior in 2003, as your numbers demonstrate. That's probably the last time we see a young pitcher worked like that.
However, we really don't know that that workload is what caused Prior's injury. I personally think teams should pitch their best pitchers without regard for pitch counts, age and workloads. Pitchers are going to get hurt no matter how you handle them. I think the value of using them when they are healthy and you need the quality innings outweighs whatever extra years you might get out of them by babying them. jmo