09/18/2005: Postseason Musings, or: Why I'm Glad I'm Not Tony LaRussa.....
Over at The Cardinals Birdhouse, Brian Walton has an interesting analysis of the problems facing TLR in managing his postseason rotation. Go read the whole thing for the nuances (in particular, the analysis of the likely rotations in the event of Houston getting the wild card slot vice any other team getting it, and why they pan out that way), but here's the problem in a nutshell:
Which of these NLDS scenarios do you favor?
1) Facing a team with a weaker regular-season record, the NL West winner, knowing that if there is a Game 5, it could have to be trusted either to Mulder on short rest or a potentially-rusty Morris or Marquis.
2) Facing a hot Wild Card team (and we all know how successful Wild Cards have been in winning the World Series in recent years), knowing that if a Game 5 is required, a rested Chris Carpenter will be ready to go at home, but potentially paying for it later with him unavailable until later in the NLCS.
Itís not as if we actually have a choice, but we can have a preference, canít we?
Len on 09.18.05 @ 10:27 AM CST