Originally Posted by Kc61
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.
I am familiar with them olden days. Been watching games since 1974.
Even if you threw out half of the CG being thrown in the 70's...or early 80's...it is the middle reliever role that has made the need for more pitchers.
Remember when the Reds had Sullivan, Graves and Belinda? This was just 13 years ago. Those guys could go 2 innings in middle relief almost 1 out of 2-3 days. They were generally pretty good at it too. Belinda ...I know was more mop up guy than MR....but he still saved the pen innings for other pitchers.
That is what is needed to be developed in the minors. Not guys who's stat line at the end of the year is 75 games and 70 innings pitched. I understand the LOOGY concept and need....but it's like they've all become borderline LOOGYS and ROOGYS.