Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
I've followed Homer's career, as I'm sure you have. He just seems to have trouble in the middle innings fairly often. It even happened in the minors.

Again, if Brendan Ryan was coming up, I'd agree with you. But even if he seemed fine, he was about to face two feared and dangerous hitters. I wouldn't have waited for some sign of distress. Based on the opposition and Homer's track record, I'd have gone to Masset.
I think you hit on the important word: "seems."

For his career, his inning 4-6 splits are the same as innings 1-3 collectively. And in the games he's gone 7+, those splits are actually better than the rest.

I think it shows, while nothing definitively, that there's not much you can read into about having problems in the middle innings.