ofahn wrote:I feel very much differently about that. IMO we shouldn't NEED even a seven man bullpen. It's not unreasonable to ask for at least six innings per start and a reliever should be able to get at least six outs. If an effective Eighth Inning guy is actually allowed to finish a game when they're clearly dominant in their first inning of work there's no reason to bring in a "closer" in the ninth.
By reducing the BP to six pitchers you leave room on the bench for a truly professional hitter that can work a count and get the bit hit when it's called for. IMO that player will positively affect more games than a fringe seventh BP guy.
It's not about whether we SHOULD have a six/seven man bullpen, it's that I believe a decent 40 inning reliever is more valuable than a useless bench guy like Nolan Reimold, Travis Ishikawa, Mike Morse, and/or Alexi Casilla. All a team needs IMO is a back-up catcher, a 4th outfielder, and a back-up infielder, if the team has somebody like Ryan Flaherty. If not, a back-up middle infielder and a back-up corner infielder works too. 8 starters/4 bench guys(platoon partners)/8 relievers/5 starters.