Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/17/12
If you asked most people what they disliked most about modern bullpen usage, the most common answer would be managing the game with the idea of maximizing saves for one pitcher. There is no doubt that is a sub-optimal way to do things. But to me there is something even more revolting and that is the idea that it is okay to carry pitchers who regularly have outings where they face just a batter or two. As the number of innings from starters decline and the number of innings from relievers increase, it is a double whammy to carry a guy all season who contributes just 40 innings or so per year. That puts additional stress on the other relievers. Frequently, we see this usage patterns with lefties, which prompted minor league maven John Sickels to come up with the term LOOGY, which stands for Lefty One Out GuY. The LOOGY is as much an abomination as the designated hitter. That is why the performance of Josh Edgin has been such a revelation. Here is a lefty reliever who in two app...
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