Originally Posted by TDog
I don't think there was anything Ventura could do differently with the pitching staff to keep pitching from running out of gas in late September.
I do. Keep the rotation intact despite guys getting injured.
Seems that every other starter's spot got jerked around often to save innings off Peavy and Sale's arms. Had the other guys stayed on track, maybe we wouldn't have had so many 5 inning outings in September.
Also the bullpen was managed beyond poorly, though there's truth behind that it could have been due to so many rookies, Crane's injury and lack of performance at times by Thornton and Myers.
No real bullpen roles, except Veal's maddening one-hitter outings, putting closers in non-save situations, putting in different guys in the 7th, 8th and 9th inning pretty much every other game, and the rapid-fire pitching changes specifically in September killed any chance of these guys to get into a rhythm.
I hope next year there's a system in place and not our pitchers getting swapped around at (mostly Cooper's) whim.