Dipping velocities a real concern

Weaver, Hughes and Tillman might need a breather or two down the stretch

Updated: September 7, 2012, 1:19 PM ET
By Dave Cameron | FanGraphs
Jered WeaverTim Heitman/US PresswireWeaver's declining velocity should have the Angels thinking about resting him at some point.

As we head into the final month of the season, teams that are out of the pennant chase can use the expanded rosters to give their pitchers a bit of a breather after a long five months, backing off workloads and skipping starts or shutting pitchers down entirely if need be. However, for those still in the race, these games are more important than ever, and the pitching staffs do not have the luxury of taking such breaks.

In some cases, however, recent trends in velocity might suggest that giving an important pitcher a couple of days off might be in everyone's best interests, especially if these teams want to see their hurlers at full strength for an extra month of playoff baseball.

Here are three pitchers whose velocities might merit a couple of days off down the stretch.