The following screenshot is from the DMB Help file. It's something that I'd not come across before, or heard about before from anyone. I'm speaking about the third paragraph within the area entitled "Average Pitches". It says this:
For example, if the average number of pitches thrown per start is 95, a pitcher with an average durability rating can probably throw at least 110 pitches before tiring if he enters the game at full strength. And a pitcher with an Excellent durability rating can probably throw more than 130 pitches before beginning to weaken.
This clearly indicates that there is a cushion of 15 pitches above the Average Pitches Per Start number before the starter tires. After all of these years, and all of the discussions that I've had with people, no one has ever mentioned this. Is it true? Is it new?
I've always thought, and have been so told, that in the example above that a starter with an AV rating would slowly begin to tire at around 95 pitches. A VG at 105, and EX at 115. That the number in the box was THE number, for an AV-rated pitcher. Now I find out that in this situation it's 15 or so more pitches for everybody. Did everybody else know this but me? Have I been pulling pitchers too soon because I thought they were tired when in fact they had another inning or so in them?
Does this apply to relievers, too?