Workhorse Venters says fatigue no issue

Only one major league reliever has worked more innings than left-hander Jonny Venters since Venters’ major league debut on April 17, but the Braves’ workhorse rookie said Monday that fatigue has not been a factor down the stretch.

“Physically, I feel fine,” said Venters, who issued three walks in 1-1/3 innings during two appearances Saturday and Sunday at Washington. “My mechanics have been a little messed up lately. Just got to get locked back in.

“[Sunday] and a couple of other times I’ve been out there thinking about my mechanics instead of making a quality pitch. That’s never good.”

Colorado veteran Matt Belisle’s 83 innings in 68 appearances since April 17 was the only workload greater than Venters handled in that stretch, and Venters’ 1.80 ERA was a run lower than Belisle’s in that period.

Among National League relievers, Venters ranked fifth in lowest ERA (1.80) and seventh in lowest opponents’ average (.197) before Monday.

During a stretch of 68 Braves games from May 27 to Aug. 11, Venters made a whopping 41 appearances.

In 22 appearances since then, Venters had a 3.80 ERA and .262 opponents’ average. Before Aug. 12, he had a miniscule 0.92 ERA and .164 opponents’ average in his first 47 appearances.

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Kevin

September 27th, 2010
8:36 pm

We will be lucky to have Venters pitch next year–no MLB player is going to admit fatigue–Overusing young guys like this lead to TJ surgery it seems like–hope this does not happen to Venters

K. Sam

September 27th, 2010
8:38 pm

Venters already had TJ surgery

Duh

September 27th, 2010
8:43 pm

Jonny’s already had Tommy John.

shawn

September 27th, 2010
9:21 pm

Kevin,
An excellent point..BC always overuses his bulpen..

Resign or Re-sign?

September 27th, 2010
9:44 pm

You guys are incredible! It’s either: “Why did Cox leave (insert any starting pitcher’s name here) in so long? OR “He overuses his bullpen”. Guess what? When you pull the starter, you have to use the bullpen. You can’t have it both ways!

Max Sizemore

September 27th, 2010
9:44 pm

Yes, Bobby overuses his bullpen because management — especially with Schuerholz as GM — has never provided him with enough quality arms. He’s trying to win, and you can’t run somebody like Farnsworth out there in a close game. Oh yeah, sorry, he tried to do that Sunday.

bravesfannnn

September 27th, 2010
9:45 pm

what’s happen with martin prado?????

JEB

September 27th, 2010
9:59 pm

Rollie Fingers threw over 140 innings one year.
How does Venters match up to that?

JEB

September 27th, 2010
10:04 pm

Rollie Fingers pitched from 110 to 148 innings a year for 10 years out of the bullpen with era’s running from a low of 1.92 to a high of 3.65. How is that for durability?

Largo

September 27th, 2010
10:24 pm

Have been watching the braves game tonight and what I knew would happen did happen. Hanson pitching his heart out and they gave him one run (again) to work with. Naturally the marlins tied the game in the eighth. Those guys who are supposed drive in runs (I think they are called hitters) are getting worse if that is possible. They piss me off so bad, I hope they lose the rest of their games. They probably couldn’t care less, they’re going to get those big bucks anyway.

What a bunch of bums!

matt

September 28th, 2010
12:24 am

well largo, i think they do care less. of course with all of the emotion that they show whenever they have a wasted at-bat you can definitely tell they are in it for the money. especially alex gonzalez you can definitely tell he’s not upset everytime he doesnt have a productive at-bat.

i would like to call this comment an example of sarcasm.

Stanley Crowe

September 28th, 2010
12:57 am

Tense game tonight, with the Bravos prevailing in 11 — excellent work by the pitching staff, just enough from the hitters, against a Marlin pitcher who threw well tonight. And the Cubs helped us out by taking a one-run squeaker in San Diego. The Padres loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with 2 outs and couldn’t get a run across. Sound familiar?

Tomorrow, I expect Tim Hudson to pitch well and our hitters to be a bit more relaxed. I look for some runs from us, and if we get them early, bring in Christian Martinez (or Minor, if we’re not going to use him to start) and save both TIm and the bullpen regulars. How much will Prado be missed if he can’t play again this year? Hard to say — he was fighting injuries even before he went down today and had gone off the boil a bit. Still, day in day out, he’s maybe more reliable than Brooks. All in all, though, a good day for the Braves. Let’s keep it going!

move over Dos Equis guy

September 28th, 2010
1:20 am

Vulture Venters is making a name for himself

Alan 10

September 28th, 2010
8:08 am

Hers is another example of Bobby over using a player, Venters up from the minors (1st Year) does not have a seasoned arm, who cares, let his future end up in the sewer. This past month he has been a completely different pitcher, you have to like the managers and clubs that protect their future stars.

GovClintonTyree

September 28th, 2010
9:02 am

I’m not sure about this whole “overworked bullpen” argument. And Max, if this bullpen doesn’t have enough quality arms, you might as well not have reserve position players. This is as deep a bullpen as you’re going to find in the Majors in any year.

The deal is, Bobby rarely pitches each one more than an inning. Rich Gossage, Sparky Lyle and Rollie Fingers often went two or more back in the 70s. I’ll bet Billy Wagner hasn’t gone more than an inning a handful of times in his entire career.

They don’t measure appearances, they measure innings. Now, you can make the argument that that’s the wrong approach, and it might have some merit. But Bobby doesn’t overwork the bullpen any more than any other manager in baseball. And he’s spread the load pretty well this year.

Ted Abernathy

September 28th, 2010
9:06 am

Bobby won’t be here next year. Use him up.

bobby

September 28th, 2010
10:23 am

The difference with Fingers and Gossage is that although they pitched 2-3 innings, they didn’t pitch every day.

Jerry

September 28th, 2010
11:07 am

I agree with “Bobby” above. It seems to me it would be much better to use a pitcher two innings in one game than have the same pitcher pitch two consecutive days with warming up included both days and other days when not used. Let the guy who retires the side on seven or eight pitches in the eighth inning finish the game instead of using two guys and then repeating the next day with a mentally deficient one closer mentality. Cox has sabotaged the team for years with 1993 being a prime example. MIke Stanton got the first twenty seven saves (I think twenty by early June) and Greg McMichael the last nineteen–the only saves for the team that year–with neither being effective in postseason. Both were worn out from both having pitched too much, early with McMicheal being the setup man and more durable as a soft throwing sidearmer but finally breaking down. We had two or three other good relievers that year–Bedrosian and Howell I think–who could never be trusted in a save situation. It seems that if you expect to play as many as nineteen games in postseason you should limit appearances for your relievers to around sixty games by using for two innings in close games and not at all with big leads which Cox does. A team not expecting to make it to postseason can be justified in seventy or more games for relievers. How much could Moylan and Venters have left now, much less if the Braves went deep into the playoffs–fat chance with both of them worn out. I agree with the experts that Cox does a great job in many areas but believe his insanity in overusing a few bullpen guys prevented the team from having much success in postseason.

BraveInBrooklyn

September 28th, 2010
3:09 pm

every year BC kills at least 1 guy in his bullpen. You could see this coming back in May. we have excellent starting pitchers. BC, more than any manager i see, pulls starters after 6-7 innings, in the middle of strong performances, just because to get to his set up guys & closers, or because of his beloved right/lefty matchups. he doesnt get the big picture. the proof is in the injuries every year. Knew this was going to happen and its a damn shame. And then out of nowhere, he publicly calls out JJ to pitch with a torn knee tendon? WTF?

John Donovan

September 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

Venters is fine. The only worry is that the fact his sinking fastball is missed by most umpires (the catcher has to turn his glove over to catch it, but the FoxTrak shows they are strikes), might cause him to ease off on the torque, and lose some sink. Bobby uses him because hitters have no idea how to square a 95 mph sinker up. I’ve never seen anyone pitch like Venters. Talk about a freak. His pitches are freaks.

Will

September 28th, 2010
5:00 pm

I appreciate how hard Venters has pitched this year and there is no way he would admit he is fatigued, but he is. Bobby ran him into the ground this season. He was needed in most of those situations, but some of them bobby ran him out there for no good reason and those are the outings you wish he could have back at this point.

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