ofahn wrote:What concerns me about a six man rotation is that it doesn't allow our SPs to build up their innings, which could slow down their progress through the farm system. I'm also concerned that the pitchers will know that they have an extra day's rest coming and decide that they can afford to nibble some more and build their pitch counts. IMO 100 pitches in five innings is not a good start or development.
As the article/blog had stated, they will end up throwing two bullpens between starts. Most of the articles that I have read over the years about Rick Petersen is that he counts EVERY pitch that his stable of pitchers throw. This would seem to include the bullpens and warm ups.
I think that this is also a way of controlling the thrown pitches by the younger members of the staffs. I also would like to point out that even in the Majors it is seldom that a pitcher will start out the year pitching every fifth day over the 162 game schedule. With the off days and pitchers staying in rotation the get several starts with an added day of rest.
My concern would be if the quality of the starts does not get pushed more. I would hope that the side bullpens would enhance the quality of each start and also lengthen those starts to include more innings with less pitches per inning. Time will tell. I also did not see as to where this would extend all season so that is also to be monitored.