Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Harrell suspects six-man rotation for issues

Lucas Harrell had a rough night last night, and has a suspicion that the September move to the six-man rotation is partially to blame:

"It's a little too much time. I'm a touch and feel guy. I need to be out there a lot more."

When pitching every fifth day, Harrell has made 15 starts, throwing 95.1IP and allowing 85H/38ER, 71K:36BB, for a 3.59 ERA / 1.27 WHIP. 

In 13 starts when pitching every sixth day, he has thrown 75.1IP, 82H/36ER, 51K:34BB, for a 4.30 ERA / 1.54 WHIP. 

Of course, this is but a cursory look. However, Harrell has walked 4+ batters in three of his four starts since the transition to the extra starter. He could just be getting tired. In 2011, between the minors and majors, Harrell threw 144IP - he's now thrown 44.1IP more than he did in 2012. 

Problem for me is that if it's in Harrell's mind that there's a problem, it's going to manifest itself in some form  on the mound.