He now feels as though he doesn't have to pace himself or conserve the way he did as a starter when he was expected to go six or seven innings. To some degree, the mental part of being a starter wasn't working for him. In relief, he can go out and know that he has the gas and stamina to go two innings or so with no problems. He is more relaxed in this role as opposed to starting. Your mention of confidence and pitching arsenel are in line with his explanation.
Going through a line-up 3 times is a job for real men. The rest go to the pitching staff version of the ladies tees called middle relief.
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