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Sunday, August 28, 2005
ben sheets tore his back
it happened in the 8th inning, on his 103rd pitch. then he threw another one.
pitchers get hurt when they are tired.
. . . whoa this article got changed. after i started writing about it. the yahoo article got changed after i started writing about it.
it used to say "sheets pitched nine innings four of his last five starts." apparently that is no longer pertinent information.
i'm not kidding. it said that. now it doesn't.
but the point is he *did* pitch 9 innings 4 of his last 5 starts. these things must be recorded.
on august 20, 2005, ben sheets threw 121 pitches.
on august 15, 2005, ben sheets threw 98 pitches.
on august 10, 2005, ben sheets threw 98 pitches.
on august 5, 2005, ben sheets threw 126 pitches.
on july 30, 2005, ben sheets threw 116 pitches.
it goes on. he threw 120 pitches the start before that. he threw 79 pitches the start before that. 94. 108. 103. 103.
what's the big deal? most pitchers throw 100 pitches in a game.
this is not most pitchers. this is ben sheets. he was *already injured* this season. this season. he was already injured this season.
we have *got* to start taking care of our pitchers. we ride them and ride them and ride them until they break. and then we get a new one. look at his career. look at all the innings he threw. 216. 220. 237. come on. didn't we learn anything with doc gooden? with kerry wood? how bout with mark prior?
pitchers get hurt. bullshit. we hurt our pitchers.
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