I gather that any previous pitching they did for the team - possibly in a totally different league, does not affect their IP, but what about the advance of the season in course that they then join on waivers?

I just picked up Preacher Roe 1951 on waivers as a fourth starter, as I had previously had an unwieldy tandem in place.

The team has played 76 games already and is 36-40 and 8 games behind the division leader, but has been on a winning streak.

The team scores a lot of runs (Coors Field - they have scored 72 runs in the last 7 games, winning 6 of 7), so I need a starter who can keep the team in the game and give me innings, not someone who pitches 5 2/3 innings and keeps the other team to 1-2 runs.

Roe has 266 IP and 7.56 IP/G, which are both pretty high - he seems like just what I need. He will probably give up 4-5 runs a game, maybe more, but I think this team can deal with that.

But how many of those 266 innings do I really have available at this point in the season ? If all of them, then I would calculate (using the simpler of the two methods explicated by contrarian23 in his thread on setting pitch counts):

266 + 10% bonus = 292

292 times 15 pitches per inning = 4,380

Now here comes the hard part - in reality, he will likely, as one of four starters with 86 games left pitch in 22 of them, in which case:

4,380 divided by 22 = 199.1, so let's say 200 pitches which is ridiculous, so I assume the SIM calculates it per 162 even in this case, so lets say that as one of four starters he would have, had he started the season with the team, pitched in 41 games, in which case:

4,380 divided by 41 = 106.8 which seems pretty reasonable - that would be 7 innings a game.

Since his IP/G is 7.56, which times 15 pitches an inning would come to 113.4 I would set his TPC at 105 and his maximum pitch count at 115.

Have I miscalculated here? Can I use him for more because the SIM will know that there are not 162 games? Less because I have missed something?

Thanks whomever can give some advice here.

in a 4 man rotation, he'll get 21 starts...155/21 = 7.38 IP/Start. So I'd set him on 110 - 120 per game.

But, Gossage came in and...promptly blew the save - except it was on a double by Ty Cobb, so it is hard to blame him. Tie score after 8, my guys score another run, Gossage stops them cold in the 9th, another win, 8-7.

So while I may want to moderate Roe's pitch count to 7 innings, that is 105 with 110 as max ( I will wait for at least one more start to see if a similar breakdown happens after 6-7 innings) the strategy works - I got a decent starter to keep my team in the game and counted on their ability to score a lot of runs, even outside of Coors.