It's late in the season, getting everyone an extra day of rest is not a bad idea. I hope they do it more often.
Pitchers are already coddled too much.
The strategy of the great Braves pitchers of the 90s and beyond was to throw MORE, not less. Jim Kaat always said that a pitchers arm will "rust out before it wears out".
An extra day of rest means an extra start for the worst starter on the team. That is something you want to avoid.
Even factoring in AAA, no one except Ervin figures to have more than 195 IP. There are exactly 50 team games left, so that is 10 times through the rotation. At most, a couple guys might make 11 more starts. Ervin will probably be at 210-215 IP. Adding in the 40 at AAA for Berrios, he might hit 195. He threw 170 last year, so not a big jump at all. In terms of pitches thrown, it might end up being a wash as Berrios threw a lot of pitches in few MLB IP last year. Gibson probably 165, assuming he actually makes 10 more starts. Assuming Mejia only misses two starts, he figures to check in at 155 to 160. That after 135 last year. Santiago, who knows? Maybe 150 if he makes 9 more starts.
Point being, really no one has thrown more than they should.
Edited by yarnivek1972, 10 August 2017 - 02:11 PM.