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Britton's 2.3 Innings Last Night


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In the excitement over Crush's grand slam, it's important not to forget Buck's move with Britton last night, pitching him in three different innings.

Of course, one can argue that the caught-stealing is what got Zach the one out he recorded in the 8th, but he did throw three pitches to Ike Davis and had to go through the whole warm-up, pitch, and sit-down routine an additional time.

His last inning was a breeze (ask Brett Lawrie). I guess he's game to give us not just an extra out or two, but an entire new inning, at least when his pitch count is low (21 last night). That's good to know going into the stretch run--and the post-season!

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Six players have basically carried this team on their backs this season: Machado, Jones, Davis, Chen, O'Day and Britton. It's frustrating how much this team has to rely on those guys. Whenever more than one of those guys has a bad stretch or goes into a funk, this team struggles mightily because there's almost nobody else on this team capable of picking up the slack. Everybody else is either wildly inconsistent or just not that good.

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I think having an off day today was the biggest reason that Buck went to him so early. You probably won't see that a lot in the middle of a series or when they play the next day. I know you're supposed to play for today, but you can't completely ignore the schedule, either.

IMO, Givens might have come out in the 7th instead of O'Day, which would have pushed everyone back.

Doesn't take away from the point of the OP though, Britton is a STUD, no doubt about it.

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Six players have basically carried this team on their backs this season: Machado, Jones, Davis, Chen, O'Day and Britton. It's frustrating how much this team has to rely on those guys. Whenever more than one of those guys has a bad stretch or goes into a funk, this team struggles mightily because there's almost nobody else on this team capable of picking up the slack. Everybody else is either wildly inconsistent or just not that good.

Couldn't you make the same argument about a lot of teams, even teams leading their divisions? The Yankees have been carried by Mark T. and A-Rod most of the year while not getting much, if any offense out of 2nd base, short, RF, Ellsbury on the DL, and a rotation that's been weighed down by injuries and an awful Sabathia. Two guys for the most part have carried that team, and you can probably make the same argument for several others.

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Couldn't you make the same argument about a lot of teams, even teams leading their divisions? The Yankees have been carried by Mark T. and A-Rod most of the year while not getting much, if any offense out of 2nd base, short, RF, Ellsbury on the DL, and a rotation that's been weighed down by injuries and an awful Sabathia. Two guys for the most part have carried that team, and you can probably make the same argument for several others.

Yes, that's true. Logically it has to be. If you take a perfectly average team, and add a 5, 4, and a few 3-win players you have a 90-something win team. Last year's world champs the Giants had five players on their roster worth more than 2.1 wins: Bumgartner, Posey, Pence, Sandoval, Crawford. Everyone else was average or below, or a part-timer, or a role player, or a late add. That's typical. If a team had 6-8 excellent players they'd win well over 100 games.

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Brad Brach is not chopped liver. 2.65 ERA/2.94 FIP, 10.1 K/9. Slow start but he has quietly put together a career year. Not sure if it is sustainable but he is a dependable guy.

We'll see how Givens' splits play out. .256 vs .138 in the minors this year. Seems better suited to O'Day's role than starter or closer.

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He'll be in the rotation before we know it.
Kind of wonder if that's why Givens was untouchable.
We'll see how Givens' splits play out. .256 vs .138 in the minors this year. Seems better suited to O'Day's role than starter or closer.

Givens has thrown 173.1 innings in his professional career in 111 games, exclusively as a reliever. He is not prepared to become a starter.

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I don't recall any talk of him as a potential starting pitcher even when he was drafted.

Did I misinterpret those original two posts - were they saying Givens is untouchable because he'll take over Britton's role when he becomes a starter? That seems more plausible than Givens as starter.

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