To recap the first 4 games, we have:
Game 1, 7 strong innings by Lester, pitch count 99. Tight game, 0-1,
Padilla for 1/3 IP in the 8th giving up a run, Morales 2/3 in the 8th, Melancon for 1/3 in the 9th, Aceves for 2 batters, no outs in 9th allowing the walkoff hit, run charged to Melancon
Game 2, 4 2/3 awful innings from Beckett, pitch count 83 (7 ER), Blowout, 0-7.
1 1/3 from Atchison, 2/3 from Albers, 1/3 from Thomas and 1 from Bowden
Game 3, 4 awful innngs from Buchholz, pitch count 78 (7 ER), tie game, 7-7.
4 strong shut out innings from Padilla, pitch count 51, Aceves in the 9th for a 3 run save, gives up 3 run HR, gets no outs, BS,tie game , Morales in for 2 strong innings, Melancon in the 11th for a 2 run save, gets 1 out and gets a BS and walk off Loss, allowing 3 runs
Game 4. 5 decent innings from Doubront, pitch count 101, down 0-2, Atchison for 3 strong shut out innings, pitch count 31, Aceves in for the 9th inning 2 run save, and gets it, Atchison getting the W.
Observation. SP usage seems typical thus far, both SP'ers with early hooks allowed 7 ER, which is a tyical pull them point.
Bullpen usage seemed a bit quick to pull in game 1, but thats the first game of the year with plenty of fresh arms. Padilla and Atchison were left in for awhile in their most recent games. 4 innings by Padilla seems a bit long except he is a starter and was stretched out in ST competing for the 5th spot before being injured.
In 2011, Tito used a RP'er for 3 or more IP and more than 30 pitches 17 times. Max number of pitches by a RP'er was 46 by Atchison.
No pitcher has worked more than 2 consecutive days this far. Only Aceves has pitched in 3 games.
So far, except for game 1 where I would question the quick hook on Melancon, I think Bobby V's pitching usage has been pretty good, but
don't see anything unusual about his usage.
Obviously, this is a small sample of 4 games. but will keep monitoring during the season for any signs of unusual usage.
edit, couple more stats for benchmarking purposes.
Number of times a RP was used to record 4 or more outs in 2011. 127
Number of times a SP was pulled before completing 5 IP. 30 (23 of those times the pitcher had allowed less than 7 ER)
Edited by Sampo Gida, 10 April 2012 - 01:44 AM.