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Neyer: Is The Six-Man Rotation Here To Stay?

But if there were Twitter just for baseball strategy, six man rotation would definitely be trending. Why, though? A couple of reasons, I think. The obvious reason is that teams are more concerned than ever about wear-and-tear on their starting pitchers. They're always on the lookout for a chance to give a pitcher -- particularly a pitcher who's maybe a little gimpy -- an extra day off, here or there. And if you happen to have six at-least-competent starting pitchers ... well, why not? The not-so-obvious reason is that baseball players are more sensitive, their agents and their union more powerful, than ever before. If you read between the lines a little, you might get the impression (as I have) that some this stuff about six-man rotations is about not wanting to offend the sixth-best starter at hand (coughKYLEDAVIEScough).
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