Even at 1400 innings the maths shows it is not sustainable for the bullpen production. Find a team that had 6 relieverspitching360 inningsmuch less 440. Theory versus what has been done.
Yeah but that's kinda the point.
If you continue to try and slam this into the traditional model it isn't going to work so you got to stop doing that.
The Rays are the only team that has tried it and they started trying it in May so you are not going to find teams that have 6 relievers reaching that pinnacle. All you can do at this point is look at the Rays and how do you divide up all those innings because they blurred the lines by removing the S's (starters) and R's (Relievers) from the P's (pitchers) and made them just P's (pitchers) in a lot of cases.
The Math can work but it takes a new way of thinking.
1450 Innings divided by 13 pitching roster spots and you have an average of 111 Innings per roster spot.
If 3 guys (preferably your best guys:) ) throw let's say 170 innings each. That's 510 innings.
1450 minus 510 is: 940
Now take 4 traditional reliever roster spot who will give you about 60 innings a year. That's 240 Innings.
940 minus 240 is 700
And those 700 innings are divided by the 6 roster spots who are used for stacking or whatever and you are back to 117 innings. Which is close to the original average of 111 innings (1450/13).
Those 6 roster spots could go to a combination of: Odorizzi, Pineda, Mejia, Romero, Stewart and Gonsalves. But please don't get locked into those names... it's for example purposes.
Who's to say that Taylor Rogers who was arguably our most effective pitcher in 2018 couldn't stretch his inning count.
If you stop and think about it... why does it make sense to stop your best pitcher at 60 innings while forcing a guy with a 5.76 ERA to throw 160 innings just because one guy has an R in front of his P and the other guy has an S in front of his P. Isn't it about time we started to question the guy who said that starters have to go 6 and relievers only go one inning and nobody goes 3 ever!!! Unless something goes horribly wrong.
Things don't have to be that systematic and as things start to improve... you can always adjust again.
If the Rays had Snell, Archer plus Cole, Verlander and Kuechel... They wouldn't have tried it. If the Rays get, Cole, Verlander and Kuechel to join Snell next year... They will probably operate like the Astros did this year.
It's about the distribution of the innings. Get your best pitchers more innings.