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Saturday, September 13, 2008

I give up

It's 8:14 on a Saturday morning and I'm not sure what to think of this article. Actually, I am sure. I think it's the worst piece of writing ever to be published, not including Tiki Barber's autobiography.

In the article, Charlie Manuel says that he would rather have played Friday's rained out game on Monday instead of playing a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. "I don't like doubleheaders," Manuel said. "I think it's tough to win a doubleheader."

Yes, Charlie, it's about twice as hard. Because you're playing two games, you see.

This man is the leader of a multi-multi-multi-million dollar organization. His reasoning for disliking doubleheaders is that it's tough to win both games! But winning two games on Sunday and zero games on Monday is just as hard as winning one on Sunday and one on Monday, no?

The insanity continues: "Also, it's better for our pitching if we play straight."

This part is true. Brett Myers would pitch on full 4 days rest if he pitched Monday instead of Sunday night. However, you must take into account the Brewers pitching as well. C.C. Sabathia would certainly pitch on Monday if the game were scheduled for then. As of now, Jeff Suppan is scheduled for Sunday night as the Brewers seem reluctant to push Sabathia up and have him pitch Sunday on 3 days rest. I'm pretty sure the Phillies would rather have a 3-days rested Myers pitch against Suppan instead of having a fully rested Myers pitch against a fully rested Sabathia. The difference between short-rest Myers and full-rest Myers is certainly not as great as the difference between Suppan and Sabathia. So, Charlie, it may be better for your pitching if you play straight, but it's not better for you.

Incredibly, the dumb quotes don't stop there:

The Phillies had sought to play the game on Monday, when both teams were scheduled for off days. But because the Brewers' players vetoed that idea - they had a right to under the collective-bargaining agreement - the game was scheduled for tomorrow.
The Brewers would have played 17 in a row on Monday. Had they played Monday, they would have ended up playing 24 straight games without a day off.


The Brewers had a chance to move the game back to Monday, and they chose not to! This is patently ridiculous. They have a choice between throwing Suppan/short-rested Sabathia on Sunday, or throwing a fully rested Sabathia on Monday. How is that even a decision? The only possible answer is that they are planning on using Sabathia Sunday night anyway, and they think he will be better on short rest than Myers will be. However, it's been proven time and time again that Sabathia is a better pitcher than Myers on full rest, so why throw in an unnecessary variable? Anyway, read that last sentence again:

Had they played Monday, they would have ended up playing 24 straight games without a day off.

THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO ANALYZE THE MAKE-UP GAME FROM FRIDAY. THERE WAS NO GAME FRIDAY. THAT MEANS THE BREWERS WERE OFF . IT WOULD NOT BE 24 STRAIGHT GAMES WITHOUT AN OFF DAY. IT WOULD BE TWO.

Somehow, it continues: "It was a hard decision," manager Ned Yost said. "We debated and debated and debated . . . We need an off day."

Yep, they need an off day. Two days after they played zero games on Friday. Outrageous.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Though confusing (I only found this out from reading a blog summarizing what the article was saying), but according to MLB's rules, a game which is postponed due to rain still counts as a day having played a game, so as a result friday still counted as a day with which they had a game even though it was cancelled.