The problem with innings counts, red-hot Rockies and the Hairstons
1. The Yankees have done the best they could to manage the innings workload of
Despite apparently throwing almost exactly as "much" as Porcello, Chamberlain has logged a much more stressful season. How so? The innings for Chamberlain have required more effort, both physically and mentally. Former Braves and Orioles pitching coach
Take a look at how much more often Chamberlain has needed to make pitches with runners on base, and how many more pitches he has thrown, than Porcello -- and to give you some National League flavor, I threw in rookie
Chamberlain may have about the same number of innings as Porcello, but he has faced 62 more batters with runners on base and 50 more batters with runners in scoring position while throwing 188 more pitches. Suddenly, their "innings" don't look nearly as identical. And when you compare Chamberlain's workload to what Wells has seen in the lighter weight class of the NL, the difference is even more pronounced.
2. The Rockies are officially scorching. They won a game Thursday with
• Before going 60-28, Colorado never had won more than 52 games in any 88-game span in franchise history.
• Since June 3, opposing starters are 11-23 at Coors Field.
• The Rockies bullpen has lost two games at home in the past three months. Two. Their relievers are 12-2 at Coors Field since June 3.
• Of the 24 pitchers the Rockies have used this year, 15 of them were not in the organization 10 months ago. Give GM
3. After 2,326 combined big league games, the career batting averages for