When do you the Phillies usa a relief pitcher to much? Good question but no good answers. Imagine you were Charlie Manuel and besides Myers coming out of the pen your options were very limited or none.
Myers recently pitched in 4 of 5 games and two were nonsave situations. Since he has gone to the pen he has appeared in 17 of the Phillies 31 games . That would be over the course of a full season 86 games. Four of his last seven game have been for more than one inning. Over the course of a full season if assume that 20% of his games go more than one inning then he will pitch over 100 innings.
The problem for Charlie is Myers has been unbelievable in the pen. His era is 0.90 in the pen, he is 6 for 7 in save opportunities and he has no other choices in the bullpen.
I am bringing this up because I think the Phillies need to be careful in how they use Myers for the rest of the season. I will be blogging about this in the future but I wonder if the better starting pitching we have seen actually makes the problem with Myers a little more difficult. Better and longer starts for the starting pitchers means Phillies are winning or close in these games and this should mean more save opportunities. Shorter starts means Phillies getting blown out = less save opportunities.
Let me know what you think.