Last night Ricky Romero pitched 8 innings of scoreless ball, scattering 8 hits (seven singles), striking out 5 and walking one.
Cito lifted Ricky after 107 pitches and handed the ball over to Kevin Gregg. Gregg hasn’t been horrible in non-save situations (around a 4.00 era heading into last night) but he ended up allowing three hits and the game’s only run.
I realize that Romero is on pace to shatter his previous career high in IP. In-fact, he leads the AL in IP.
However, I do believe that once he’s on a roll he should be allowed to finish what he’s started.
Romero has gone over 100 pitches in 13 of 15 starts, yet he’s gone over the 110 pitch count just three times.
Recently Cito has done a good job in giving Ricky an extra day, with three of his past four starts coming on 5+ days rest.
And building upon the extra days rest (it doesn’t change his performance):
4 days of rest: .242 BA overall, .652 OPS
5+ days of rest: .221 BA overall, .677 OPS
6+ days of rest: .232 BA overall .569 Opponents OPS
In the meantime why not let Ricky go a little deeper into games?
Supportive Ricky Romero Endurance Stats:
Opponents 3rd PA in Game: .206 Batting Average
4th+ PA in Game: .185 Batting Average
Innings 7 – 9: .151 Opponents Batting Average
Pitch Count 101+: . 154 Opponents Batting Average
Oddly enough Romero’s in-game success makes sense. He continually works his the change (3rd in AL change-up % thrown). As Trevor Hoffman can attest, batters can sit on a change and still not do anything with it.
Perfect World Scenario:Ricky is allowed to throw 110-120 pitches when he’s on a roll and is given an extra days rest as often as possible.