Originally Posted by BCubb2003
It doesn't have to be so drastic. There are some games where your starter is gassed, the inning is getting out of hand, you have someone warming, and you take the starter out. Who should that reliever be? Your best or your "front-end" guy?
But what do you gain? Great, you got me out of that mess, now what? "Winning the battle but losing the war" odds greatly increase if that is a common occurrence. That might be a "must game" mentality, but we are talking about day to day usage patterns here.