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People tend to pigeonhole Dusty. He evolves...

He definitely earned his overuse of starters in Chicago with Prior and Wood, riding them down the stretch into the playoffs and extending them well beyond the number of innings ever pitched in a year before.

People also say that he doesn't match up or doesn't value advanced stats/analytics. I think Dusty has fit right into the Nats culture that equally values advanced analytics and the scouts eye, or maybe better stated, looks for validation of advanced stats with the scouts eye. I think the Eaton trade is evidence of that, valuing Eaton's WAR stats and seeing Giolito's performance up close as willingness to include him in that trade...

But he's definitely evolved, especially on the usage of pitchers. He didn't wear anybody out last year, they pulled Max after 6 shut out innings and 95 pitches after throwing a max inning in the All-star game. He's still very careful with Gio's pitch count. He's probably gone over 110 with Gio 2x in two years. He's a 95-110 pitch pitcher. Max is a 120 pitch pitcher. Stras is in between. You see Dusty pull them early if they've gone long in 3-4 starts. I'd say his track record in DC does not confirm to his rep, but people just haven't recognized it.

Maybe he's pitched some guys an inning longer than ideal sometimes, though I don't really think so. But let's face it, the Nats bullpen is so bad, a little extra usage is justified, as long as workload is managed down the stretch now that reinforcements have arrived.

(In response to this post by Zhoo)

Posted: 07/17/2017 at 5:18PM


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