First off, enough already about what a big deal it is when pitchers start on just three days rest. I’m no “baseball purist” by any means and I’m not old enough to remember the days before setup men and situational pitchers and all that, but I know for a fact that pitching on three days rest was a common practice before guaranteed million-dollar contracts became the norm. With the advent of pitch counts and quick hooks, complete games are about as rare as a clutch hit from the Brewers lineup so why not roll with your ace every three days, give him the typical 95 pitches to work his magic and take your chances. The difference between most team’s No. 1 and No. 2 starters is usually worth a couple runs so even a No. 1 at 90% is usually better than a No. 2 at 100%.
Give me a staff of rubber-armed Roy Halladay, CC Sabathia and Johan Santana and I’ll pitch all three every third day and take my chances.
Planning on going to Game 3 of the NLDS series between Milwaukee and Philly Saturday and while the Brewers will be battling for their lives down 0-2 in the best-of-five series, I sure hope we as fans do our part to try to will a Game 4 into existence. Milwaukee has waited 26 years for this opportunity and I’d hate to see 45,000 turn their backs on the team because they weren’t able to get their act together in the postseason. This Brewer team is one of the most frustrating and yet exciting teams I’ve ever followed, but that’s only because they have the talent to advance and it would be such a shame if they didn’t display it.
I saw how quick a certain contingent at the “not-so-friendly” confines bailed on their squad when things didn’t go their way and I would hate to see our fan base fall into the “fair-weather” variety.