Do the Reds (or any club) need to carry 12 pitchers? Should they carry fewer? Should they carry more?
I have never seen the logic for carrying 12 pitchers, especially when the pitching is as bad as the Reds' pitching is. I know the argument is that when the pitching is this poor, you need more pitchers to cover the innings. But the way I see it, if the pitching is that bad, why should a club carry more bad pitchers? I think that the Reds would be better off carrying 11 pitchers, provided that at least two of the relievers are "innings eaters" who can routinely go multiple innings (which they have in Gosling and Saarloos). This would also give the bench an extra position player, which could be useful.
Many of us grew up in an era when 10 (or even 9) pitchers were the norm. Then it went up to 11 in the 90's, and now it seems to be 12. I saw in last week's series in Atlanta that the Braves carry 13 pitchers. Is that the start of the new trend? Who will be the first team to carry 14 pitchers, and when will that be?
I just wondered what everybody's opinion is on this. Thank you.