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Hiroki Kuroda and Rest

Hiroki Kuroda has struggled in two consecutive starts, giving up a career high in hits against the Red Sox and home runs against the Rays. After such a fantastic season this begs the questions is Kuroda tired and would he benefit for more rest? I have no idea if fatigue is affecting Kuroda more than it usually does in August and September. Nor do I know how much difference an extra day makes. I do know how effective Kuroda pitched on regular rest and extra rest in past August and September starts.

Prior to this season, in his Major League career, Kuroda started 53 games in August or September. He completed 338.1 innings with only a 3.01 ERA. Since he arrived in 2008, he’s been very strong in August and September. He started 27 games on 5 days or regular rest throwing 171 innings. He started 25 games on extra rest (mostly 6 days), completing 162.1 innings. Here are some of Kuroda’s statistics in August. (I excluded one start after three weeks between starts.)

Aug/Sept 08-12

Starts

Innings

ERA

K/9

BB/9

H/9

HR/9

Total

53

338.1

3.01

6.89

1.70

8.09

.9

5 days rest

27

171

2.89

7.26

1.58

7.26

.63

6 days rest

20

130.2

2.96

6.41

1.72

8.82

1.31

6, 7, 8 days rest

25

162.1

3.05

6.54

1.72

8.82

1.16

As you can see, Kuroda has been more effective pitching on regular rest rather than extended rest. If the coaching staff believes he needs rest, they may best be served by skipping Kuroda once rather than planning to give him an extra day each start.

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