"Baseball is getting more about matchups," says Burnes. Using a bullet-heavy strategy under a whole series of 162 matches is…
“Baseball is getting more about matchups,” says Burnes.
Using a bullet-heavy strategy under a whole series of 162 matches is difficult given the extra stress and damage risk it puts on the storage tank that throws harder than ever before. It would require a good farming system and a desire to mix fresh arms back and forth to the big league championship.
Even during the shorter timeframe for the afterseason, there can still be a lot to handle. Although it worked in the first round, Brewers acknowledged the extra challenge of a longer seven best series. There are more days than in the regular season, but the meat in the series is three matches on three consecutive days, and the circumstances are much more intense.
During the 2016 World Series run of the Cleveland Indians, high-intensity congestion, especially high-voltage investment, has worn down star-compensation cannon Andrew Miller. Manager Terry Francona often turned to Miller because he was so dominant and the start rotation was injured by injury. The only Indian corpse to throw more innings than Miller (19⅓) as the postseason was the starting litter Corey Kluber (34⅓).
In Miller’s 10 appearances as late season, he was spotless until his last two excursions, including the World Series 7 Series, won by the Chicago Cubs after handing over two key runs.
Thanks for the brewers, some of the sticks stashed in the bullpen – Junior Guerra, Freddy Peralta, Burnes and Woodruff – have started pots this season and are used to throwing more. In Game 5, Woodruff threw five and a third stout innings but was charged with three runs (two earned) after he and Burnes sputtered some in sixth.
Even then the brewers hit with only 3-1. Their noise has given little support to this series to their unconventional but strong pitching staff.