quote:Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
I think the "early" early shutdown was a good move. Regardless of whether his next to last start was good or bad (and he was lousy and looked tired) I think Rizzo was going to pull him anyway. I don't think they wanted him on the mound knowing that it was his last start. This way there was no chance of him going out and "overthrowing" knowing it was his last chance to prove himself. Onward!!
I was at that game, and while he had the Heat (fairly consistent 95mph fastball) he didn't have the control he normally has. Signs that he is getting worn down. Remember, this year he threw more innings than he ever has before. He is only 24 for goodness sake. As a Nats fan I want to watch him for years to come. I think that he will only get better and stronger but wouldn't have if they overworked him.