Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
I would have liked 11 as well....but this season they are cramming a lot of games into April.
I have said this many times....develop relievers who can pitch multiple innings on an every other day basis, not saying that you will have to use them like that all the time.....but it gives you more flexibility and it helps your bench.
I really don't know how 6 relievers....OK 5 if you take out the closer....along with the 5th starter who could relieve, if you are smart and skip his start when you have an off day...is not enough.
Either that or just expand rosters to 26. I really do not know how teams get by with just a 4 man bench anyways. And one of them is the backup catcher.
Bench is five guys. Five starters, seven relievers, eight starting players, five bench players.
Reds don't tend to skip the fifth starter very much, if at all. I guess they feel you get some additional rest for all starters that way.
In the old days, teams had a longer bench and fewer pitchers. That was the day of complete games by starting pitchers. Today they seem to want to have extra pitchers and a shorter bench.