I have a question to those who have been a little closer to the professional game, and even though this is admittedly off-topic, I'll ask it here.
Coaches and managers often talk about pitchers having the same amount of rest in between their starts, but then, when there is an off-day or a rainout (or both), the number of off-days increases, meaning the pitcher will not be pitching on his scheduled day. This leads me to three queries:
1) If a pitcher has additional off-days in between starts, does that help the pitcher perform better or not? (I mean coaches and managers are always talking about making sure their pitching staff is well-rested, but is there such a thing as 'too much rest or over-rested (vs. overworked)?')
2) I know that some managers have tried using a six-man rotation, and I was wondering how that worked out or if it is always just considered a temporary measure...
3) If it is indeed helpful to have additional rest, I am wondering what the downside is to trying to employ a six-man rotation (besides the obvious inability to find six decent starters).
I'm sure someone here on the list has all of the answers, so please explicate. Thanks!!