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    Arroyo and Harang

    I can't remember the Reds having two starters of this caliber. They both had all-star years. To me, they are the co-MVPs of the team by any measure. The team ERA last year was 5.15, it is dramatically better this year, largely due to these two.

    Old fashioned pitchers, don't need a reliever in the sixth inning. Harang leading the NL in strikeouts. Both guys with over 200 innings -- which I view as a big positive (I know others disagree).

    If the Reds had one more starter like Arroyo/Harang they would have won the Central this year. If they get two more to go with them, they will be a very serious team.

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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Both guys with over 200 innings -- which I view as a big positive (I know others disagree).
    who on Earth would disagree with that?
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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenlord View Post
    who on Earth would disagree with that?
    People who think Arroyo and Harang are overused.

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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    People who think Arroyo and Harang are overused.
    I don't think you fully understand what pitcher abuse is. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but pitcher abuse has next to nothing to do, fundamentally, with innings pitched.

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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Pitcher abuse has some thing to do with innings pitched --i know pitch count is the end all now, but the total number of innings pitched ahould be part of the equation: it takes effort to get 3 outs in an inning, there's extra effort in warming up for between innings, etc....it's like saying runners who run a marathon just show up and run without factoring the need to train and stretch --those things take effort....you can manage the effort (pitch count),but you need to factor in any kinds of info you can get your hands on. Innings pitched fills in the gaps. FCB, I don't think you took into account all that goes into evaluating use.

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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    I don't think you fully understand what pitcher abuse is. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but pitcher abuse has next to nothing to do, fundamentally, with innings pitched.
    Tell that to Billy Martin.

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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    I don't think you fully understand what pitcher abuse is. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but pitcher abuse has next to nothing to do, fundamentally, with innings pitched.
    Pitches thrown.

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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    And I haven't seen too many people worrying about either pitcher. Scrawny Bronson Arroyo was leading baseball in innings pitched, and Harang is surely near the top of the league in Pitcher Abuse Points (tm BPro).

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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    It stands to reason that the best pitchers are going to pitch the longest. Some of the really good, really young ones flame out, like Pryor and Wood. Arroyo and Harang both slumped a little, but it doesn't seem like they're suffering now. Maybe we're just not used to having a couple of starters who can go that deep into games.

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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Pitcher abuse is primarily a factor of pitches thrown in a game. Studies have shown that the potential risk of serious damage to a pitcher's arm greatly increases after 120 pitches in a game. A pitcher may rack up 200-240 innings a season without undue risk if his pitch count per game is held to the range of 100-120. His risk of injury can actually be greater if he pitches fewer innings but in the games he does pitch he has a pitch count of 125-140.
    There is a good discussion of this concept at pages 866-867 in "The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract" (it is in a brief article discussing Don Sutton and the advent of the five man rotation). Keith Woolner also wrote a good article about this issue, entitled "Five Starters Or Four," which is found at pages 74-94 in "Baseball Between The Numbers."
    This isn't to say that some pitchers cannot pitch many more innings, with much higher pitch counts, without evident ill effects. They are extremely rare though under present playing conditions.
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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Case in point of a pitcher who cannot throw more than 100 pitches per start....or barely throw 100 is Eric Milton.

    I have no problem with 200-240 IP......if it is an effective IP....not just IP for the sake of it. The so-called "innings eater" who relaly just sucks as a pitcher.

    Effective innings eaters that eliminate the need for crappy midle relievers are gold.

    Hopefully next year though the need for Harang and Arroyo to throw more than 120 pitches in a game will be eliminated by either better pitch eficiency (which in the case of harang is doable) or better bullpen guys to go in the 8th.

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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Tell that to Billy Martin.
    Innings pitched tells part of the ends, but not the means. Sure, there's a relationship between the two, but not a necessary one.

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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    I love Harang and Arroyo. I just wish the Reds had a couple more starting pitchers with their attitude and game, as well as a few more outfielders that had it as well.
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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Next year we'll get Claussen and Wilson back....
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    Re: Arroyo and Harang

    Quote Originally Posted by max venable View Post
    Next year we'll get Claussen and Wilson back....
    Wilson not coming back...contract over.
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