The mention of Erickson got me thinking. When he was around, the story told was his sinker got better as he tired. Do all sinker ballers see their balls sink better as their arms tire? That got me thinking about Britton. Is his problem lack of work? His numbers on regular rest down at Norfolk in August were pretty decent (2.46 ERA was mentioned in the Sun). Could Britton's abysmal performance last night be due to lack of work?
When Erickson was pitching for the O's, Flanny was doing color for HTS/CSN. Flanny was so awesome, and part of that awesomeness was his ability to breakdown the process of pitching to us fans. I remember him saying that the sinker is really affected by pressure on the ball, and velocity. if you put too much on it, the velocity will override the sinking action caused by the grip on the ball. that was probably the first time I heard him use one of my favorite Flanny lines, "don't pitch harder, pitch easier".
Britton was well rested last night. Hunter mentioned the last time he pitched, I think he said it was Aug. 31st. so there could be something to your hunch. but personally, I don't think that was a factor, because he has pitched on regular rest with the O's, and had inconsistent results. after 2012 & this year, I think his 2011 season was an anomaly and they shouldn't expect to see him be that good again.
I say that with the understanding that he's only 25. but he was drafted in 2006. this is his 7th year of pro ball. and this is his 3rd year with MLB experience. I truly believe this is as good as he'll ever be.