So I just played a game against an absolute goon of a player. Usually I play decent enough against these guys but this time it just got out of hand. Anyways...
I was down 19-1 in the seventh (yes, it was that bad). Basically just playing it out for shits and giggles. With a deficit that big, I was honestly expecting my opponent to use the position player he just pinch hit with on the mound. But no. Instead, out comes Hal Newhouser from his bullpen to close it out. Like, seriously? You’re up by that much and you still go to a starter?
He told me his reason for doing it was to “preserve reliever arms”, which is honestly a pathetic excuse. Doesn’t justify doing it whatsoever. Your relievers aren’t on your team for no reason. They’re there to be used. If the game calls for a situation where they should be used, use them.
It’s things like this that really make me question if starters out the pen should still be allowed.