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This year's crop of young playoff starters is being closely monitored. That's wise.

Originally Published: September 10, 2009
By Christina Kahrl | Baseball Prospectus

With the postseason approaching, a common concern focuses on the workloads of young pitchers. While that certainly is a valid consideration for executives and managers, you also need to wonder: How much is too much for guys like the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, the Tigers' Rick Porcello and the Yankees' Joba Chamberlain?

It's good to be concerned, especially with pitchers 24 or younger -- Chamberlain is in his age-23 season, Kershaw is in his age-21 campaign and Porcello is a precocious 20. History will tell you this sort of reasonable caution is an example of a lesson already learned.

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