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Let starters start

By Andrew Polin

Last night Chris Volstead pitched effectively. He didn’t have his A-game, but he gutted out six decent innings. By the time he was lifted from the game, he thrown about 90+ pitches.
In the seventh, Freddi Gonzalez brought in Tim Wood.
Now, who would you rather have pitch — a former No. 1 draft pick or Tim Wood.
In Texas, Nolan Ryan has dictated that a quality start is seven innings, not six.
He’s got it right. How do you expect your starters grow into pictchers such as Roy Halliday or C.C. Sabathia if you yank them after six innings every game unless you’re pitching a gem.
It’s no wonder that the Marlins starters had trouble getting through five innings the first week of the season. They’re weren’t prepared to pitch seven-plus innings.

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