Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
But it the age of "specialization", I cannot see it happening. Unless MLB decides to add another spot to the roster.
It's also the age of huge contracts, pitch counts and Tommy John surgeries. I believe batters are seeing more pitches these days as they are instructed to do that to build up pitch counts. We had a situation last year with Strasburg getting shut down in September because of the number of innings he pitched. If the Nats had a 6th starter, he might have been able to cut down on his innings and been available for the postseason. With pitchers, teams are erring on the side of caution. What would be more cautious than adding a 6th starter?
I'm not saying it will happen anytime soon but I wouldn't be surprised to see teams go to a 6th starter 20 years from now.