Posted by Jtpsops on 10/12/2012 10:15:00 PM (view original):
Posted by AlCheez on 10/12/2012 9:51:00 PM (view original):Depends how you look at it. I'm trying to be objective. Honestly, I think the O's are the only team that would have benefited from playing 5 straight days because they had a rested Tillman in the wings - they have five 2-3 starters, so there's not the significant drop-off you get with other teams.
Honestly, I think that's BS on your part, but since we'll obviously never know, whatever.
Like I said, they avoided the guaranteed issue of no travel day after the AL WC game and hoped it would work out on the back-end with a shorter series, and it didn't. I'm sure the fact that they had the 2-3 set up factored in, because they probably didn't want to compound the fact that the #1 seed would have to open on the road by making them do it without a travel day.
But after the O's beat the Rangers, no, I wouldn't have cared about a day off.
Like I said, whatever. I don't give you much benefit of the doubt on your ability to be objective in the moment, as opposed to now after this didn't happen and the O's are out, but there's nothing but conjecture at this point.
Also, like I said after I thought about it more, the bigger issue with no day off after the AL WC game is the #1 seed, who is already opening on the road despite being the higher seed having to do so without a travel day. Not the biggest deal since it wound up being Baltimore, but if they had had to go to, say Oakland or Texas on less than 24 hours notice, that's rough, and you don't get hindsight in making that schedule. I would agree that due to the pitching issues, this is probably worse for their overall chances, but there was also a possibility that this wouldn't happen.