Perhaps. But when you're a starter you have to pace yourself to pitch an entire game and not just one inning. If you know you will only pitch one inning you can throw as hard as you can knowing you won't throw more than 20 innings.Originally Posted by corkedbat
Personally, I think we are OK as far as closers go. I'm more concerned about the guys that are starting the games rather than the guys that are closing them. Graves had about 10 or so saves last year before he was released. A pitcher can give up a line drive to the 3rd baseman a liner to the 2nd baseman and a deep fly ball that the CF had to go over the wall to make the catch and that's 3 outs just as if he struck everybody out. The odds are better that a pitcher can pitch one scoreless inning than if he pitches multiple innings. If the Reds were in the middle of a pennant race and they had trouble getting through the 9th inning, I might think differently.