I didn't see the end of the Yankees-Angels game 2, but driving on Sunday a.m., I heard a sports talk show host rail against Girardi for pitching Mariano Rivera for 2 1/3 innings. Called it a panic move that could keep Rivera out of game 3.
I thought it was a long time for Mariano to pitch, but looking at the boxscore, he only threw 25 pitches. Sometimes Cordero throws that many for a 1 inning save.
It's interesting that for the most part we say that a pitcher should come out of a game if he's thrown x number of pitches (usually 100). But then measure wear-and-tear on a pitcher at the end of the season by his innings pitched.
If Pitcher A throws a complete game in 100 pitches, and pitcher B throws 105 pitches in 7 innings, which guy had more stress on his arm?
I'd be interested in hearing Redszone's take on this.