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Thursday, September 15, 2011
At this rate, Halladay will pitch on September 24 as his last start of the season. He will presumably start game 1 on October 1st, which is a 6-day layoff. There’s no reason to continue to overwork (eg, 115+ pitches) him on 4-days’ rest when you can simply slide his final start of the season back to September 25, so that he has two consecutive 5-day layoffs leading up to game 1, rather than all of a sudden pitching on 6-days rest after five consecutive starts after the 4-day layoff.
The Phils have clinched a playoff spot; I will be actively rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals to sweep the Phillies in CBP this weekend, solely to remove the Braves from the playoffs. I’d rather face a “hot” Cardinals team (season team OBP = .310) in the NLDS with a chance to face Arizona in the NLCS than run the risk of facing Atlanta’s bullpen in round two.