This thread wasn't about abusing pitchers. (I wonder what Bob Gibson would think of that phrase.) Any true Reds fan who has been paying attention knows that the Reds have generally been challenged in the pitching department. In 2004 and 2005, the pitching was just unacceptable.
This year, the team has two starters that any team would want. That's an exciting development. If they concentrate their efforts on getting two more, this team will be a force.
The Reds have shown over the years that you can acquire offense fairly easily. Ron Gant, Greg Vaughn, Kevin Mitchell, Dave Parker, even Rich Aurilia were picked up pretty cheaply and provided much offense. And the Reds are good at developing young hitters, always have been.
Top pitching is much harder and I'm very happy the Reds finally are showing something in that department.
So the thread was intended to congratulate these two pitchers for a terrific year. Now you can continue debating pitching abuse.