He last pitched on July 4th in a blow out win over the Cubs. He's been good this year. He's had 3 bad outings out of 21 and all 3 were in blow out losses. I don't believe in a long distance relief pitcher in the NL because they get pitch hit for most of the time however, Owings is unique because he is a good hitter, so he can be the exception. In 3 out of 21 appearances he went 3+ innings, the last time was May 7th. So, I don't think Dusty is "saving" him for when a starter melts down early in a game. I thought last night would have been a perfect time to use Owings with a 8-1 lead. Let him throw at least 1 inning. What I'm trying to say is Owings needs to get more innings especially with Codero, Masset and Rhodes all on pace to eclispe their career highs in games and innings pitched. Those 3 could be toast near the end of the season just when you need them most.