• Wild Thought: Messing With Post-Season Flow

    Posted by on October 5th, 2009 · Comments (9)

    Today’s wild thought is about post-season off-days and rain-outs. We know that the Yankees are off today and tomorrow. And, after Game One of the 2009 ALDS, they have another off-day. This is followed by Game Two on Friday – and that’s followed by another off-day. Oh, and, by the way, for the two days that the Yankees play at home this week, Wednesday and Friday, there’s some rain in the weather forecast.

    Maybe this is just a gut feeling thing, and totally subjective, and somewhat off-base, but, I always felt that off-days and rain-outs have worked against the Yankees in the last four post-season series that they have played over the last five years. I recall, after the 2004 ALCS and 2006 ALDS, lamenting, in retrospect, about how things might have been different if certain games had not been rained-out. And, I want to say there was at least one other ALDS – 2005? – where it seemed like a break in the series sort of stopped some momentum or enabled the other team to bring back a better pitcher…but, this could just be me, as Roger Clemens likes to say, misremembering it.

    In any event, how do you feel about all these off-days for the Yankees in this ALDS? Sure, it enables them to skip starting Joba Chamberlain. But, does it also allow the Twins or Tigers to somewhat recover from their play-in game tomorrow as well – allowing them to start a pitcher in Game 2 that maybe might not have been available if Games One and Two were on back-to-back days? Or, maybe it helps them come back in Game Three with a better pitcher? Maybe both?

    All these off-days, whether planned or due to weather, just seem to mess with the flow of the series…or, is that just me? What do you think?

    Comments on Wild Thought: Messing With Post-Season Flow

    1. Corey
      October 5th, 2009 | 3:42 pm

      All these off-days, whether planned or due to weather, just seem to mess with the flow of the series…or, is that just me? What do you think?
      110% agree. Not to mention, as fans, off days are the equivalent to waterboarding.

    2. MJ
      October 5th, 2009 | 3:53 pm

      Off days or not, the Yanks are best served with #62’s fat butt firmly planted on the bench in the ALDS. The Yanks have a better shot at advancing out of the LDS by pitching their best arms and putting their best, most rested team forward.

      If the Yanks end up losing because of some perceived “post-season flow” factor then their best team got beat and you’d rather lose giving it your best. #62 getting a Game 4 start is not their best team.

      vs. Detroit:
      Game 1: Sabathia/Jackson
      Game 2: Burnett/Verlander
      Game 3: Pettitte/Porcello
      Game 4: Sabathia/Jackson
      Game 5: Burnett/Verlander

      vs. Minnesota:
      Game 1: Sabathia/Blackburn
      Game 2: Burnett/Pavano
      Game 3: Pettitte/Baker
      Game 4: Sabathia/Blackburn
      Game 5: Burnett/Pavano

      I don’t care how much time off we have. I like our chances against this list of turds (minus Verlander who I legitimately respect, but don’t fear).

    3. Pat F
      October 5th, 2009 | 4:22 pm

      couldn’t agree more here steve. game 2 of the 2006 alds going from being played at night, in front of a jazzed up yankee stadium crowd, to the next day, with not nearly as many showing up and the crowd nowhere as close to as pumped up, had to have been a big advantage for the tigers and disadvantage for the yanks. i’m not a big believer that this is what determines series – how the teams play does – but every little bit counts, and for whatever this stuff does count for, i agree with you that it seems to have gone against the yankees in recent postseasons.

    4. October 5th, 2009 | 4:45 pm

      Good question,and good post. I think there were too many negative (cough, Mike Mussina) Yankees in recent years who seemed to psyche themselves out on such things. Hopefully, Joe Girardi won’t let such negative, self-defeating attitudes take hold with this team.

    5. nwyank
      October 5th, 2009 | 5:05 pm

      Absolutely right. There is little or no flow with off days be/tw each game. The post season should be a natural extension of the regular season, with games each day, forcing teams to use their entire roster. One day off for travel would be reasonable.
      At the risk of repeating myself: there’s no reason to have ANY rainouts. Or playing in 37 degree weather. Or forcing a game to be played on a wet field. Build a classy stadium with a retractable roof. Too late, I know, but it would have solved a lot of problems.

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    7. Evan3457
      October 5th, 2009 | 10:07 pm

      It’s a definite advantage to the Yanks, because of their superior bullpen depth.

      Because of the days off, they can use Mariano and Hughes, and, if necessary, Robertson and Coke and Joba(!) in each of the first three games.

      Which means, if they can score some runs of the Twins’ and Tigers’ starting pitchers, and they can, it should be theoretically easier to close the series out in 4 games. Not as important vs. the Twins, but now vitally important vs. the Tigers, to keep Verlander from getting a 2nd start.

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