Remember last season when Manager John Russell and pitching coach Joe Kerrigan decided to "shut down" Ross Ohlendorf in late August after 175 innings? The idea was to "save" him from possible injury. Maybe it would have been better to let him pitch since he hasn't won a game since. Ohlendorf's 2010 line: 0-6; ERA 5.43.
After being shelled last night by the Rangers, Bob Walk commented that in the fifth inning Ohlendorf had "nothing"
A much better example of how to handle pitchers has been put into effect by Texas Ranger president and Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. Since moving to the front office, Ryan has banned the pitch count as a tool in determining when starting pitchers come out of games.
Does Ryan know what he's talking about? You decide. Here's his 26-year career statistics: Ryan averaged 262 innings per year and threw 222 complete games. In 19 of those years, Ryan exceeded Ohlendorf’s 170-180 inning “shut down” total. When he was 44, Ryan pitched 173 innings (and compiled a 12-6, 2.61 ERA season).