contrarian23, this box score might be instructive of one of your points here for others reading it. It is a game last night in a theme league. I have a 3-man rotation. One of the ways that I deal with the early season damping effect is that I put in either a 4th starter, or, when I don't have someone with that many innings to spare, a tandem of some starters serving as relievers, as a 4th starter. I let that run two or three cycles around the rotation and then the 3-man is set to run on its own for a while.
In this case, the tandem is Cy Morgan 1907 and Toad Ramsey 1885. So I look and with a 3 run lead in the 4th inning, Sparky took Morgan out having given up one run and two runners on, and puts in - Art Nehf. Now this is a waste, since I have Ramsey, a comparable pitcher, scheduled to follow Morgan in the tandem, and don't want Nehf in there this early.
I checked, no problem with pitch counts. I had Ramsey to come in in the 5th and Nehf in the 4th. I have no idea what I was thinking setting Nehf to be available that early. I usually don't set ANY reliever to be available before the 5th, sometimes even the 6th. Come hell or high water I want starters to give me 4 innings. The only ones set earlier are mopups or AAA ers I set to Long B but which is really essentially a mopup setting with a little more flexibility.
So I reset both - Ramsey to be available for the 4th, then realized that this too was not ideal since now Sparky will probably take Morgan out after 3, which is sooner than I want, and Nehf for the 6th. So I kept Nehf at 6th and moved Ramsey to 5th, which should make him the only one available and force Morgan to just pitch 4 win or lose.
Sparky takes inning available settings VERY literally.
Here is the box score for the game, mine is the visiting team: