If we want to be pedantic he started his career pitching as both a starter and a reliever for St Louis.My bad, he began his career as a starter, and played that role until a few years ago. It doesn't change my argument, though. In eight games, Kelly would not miss more innings than a typical starter would in one start. A reliever will typically appear in about one-third of a team's games, and pitch for one or at most two innings in those appearances.
He's pitched in 50% of the Dodgers games so far. How many innings he pitches is irrelevant, that's up to Roberts. It's still a ridiculously long suspension when he wasn't even spoken to by the umpires, let alone ejected. Manfred's attitude to this is utterly ridiculous. He could stop it all by actually punishing the cheats. Instead he's essentially handing the Astros more advantages by threatening pitchers with suspension which may stop them throwing at the inside of the plate.
The Red Sox were essentially cleared. Watkins has been banned but it's claimed his communications were only effective when a runner was on second base, a small percentage were decoded from in-game footage and Cora, staff and most team members had no idea about it (Manfred's words). And the AL has DHs so the likelihood of Kelly having any clue about it is tiny.Yes, the 2018 Red Sox, who were also accused of cheating. Kelly is the last player to be acting self-righteously.