How many pitches is too many?

Updated: June 1, 2009, 5:59 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

In light of the 25-inning marathon between Boston College and Texas at the Austin Regional on Saturday, two longtime baseball executives were more than happy to express their opinions on the usage of the two young relievers in that game.

"Weren't we just talking about how 150 pitches for a starting pitcher is too many?" one inquired, referring to my asking about UCLA freshman Trevor Bauer and his recent 147-pitch outing. "Of course [169 pitches] is too many for [Austin] Wood. What was his high before that, 50 or 60, maybe?"