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goreds2
09-17-2012, 01:21 PM
We have all heard the integrity of the game thing. When (if) the Reds clinch, will Dusty be obligated to play the "regulars"? Pending when we clinch, we will have the Dodgers, Brewers, Pirates and Cardinals. I think we should be rewarded with giving the starting players a rest.

What do yo think?

I say rest them UNTIL the last series against the Cardinals then play each of those games like game 7. :D

arkimadee
09-17-2012, 01:27 PM
Well last time we clinched we lost messed around and lost home field and had to play the Phillies in round 1. I think it's important to try to win as many games as possible to get a better seed in the playoffs. Also it seems more often than not that the team goin into he playoffs hot is more likely to make it far.

Biff Pocoroba
09-17-2012, 02:11 PM
In addition to making the division championship more important, the two-team Wild Card format has made the number 1 overall seed more important as well. It's definitely possible that a team like L.A. would have to pull out all the stops on the final weekend to lock up the second Wild Card berth, then travel to Atlanta for one game and possibly head back to the west coast to start the playoffs. I'd much rather be playing them than a more rested San Francisco team.

That's a long winded way of saying that we have more to play for than just the divisional crown. If I'm Dusty, I'm strategically resting all my regulars in order to ensure they are sharp but not worn-down come playoff time. And I'm definitely not having days where I'm sitting more than a couple of my regulars.

Mr Larkin
09-17-2012, 02:46 PM
I think the regulars need work to stay sharp. So, most of the regulars need to play on a given day. I would also have a rotation to give each of the regulars some off time.
I think it may be more important to limit the innings of the rotation after we clinch. It seems that having such a healthy rotation, which is a blessing, also has a down side. Pretty much only Arroyo has been a full season like this, not missing a turn in the rotation. If there is a way to make the final couple of weeks as easy as possible on the starters, I think that would be great.
At this point, is it true that we have only had 6 players start a game and the 6th was for a double header? I know that is very unusual.

Stray
09-17-2012, 02:53 PM
Dusty should just keep doing what he's been doing all year long in regards to position players, get all of the vets regular rest. The only thing they should consider changing up would be which pitchers need rest, and with that I trust Brian Price to get the guys right in time.

cooperlamar
09-17-2012, 03:57 PM
Luckily we have quite a few off days already this month so that will help. But, I personally hope we can give plenty of rest to everyone - particularly Rolen, Ludwick, Votto, Hanigan, etc. Our last 6 regular season games are on the road so luckily it won't upset our home fans.

swaisuc
09-17-2012, 04:38 PM
Take 1 day off for as many guys as possible the day after the clinch. Let the regulars have 1 night to celebrate. After that, go back to the same rotation we've done the last 2 weeks. Play your starters with lots of days off.

webbbj
09-17-2012, 05:09 PM
i would push for the #1 seed. Nats just got swept and have a tough schedule

HometownHero
09-17-2012, 06:09 PM
I would rest some guys for a few days but play the Cardinals series hard the last 3 days to get everyone back up to game speed for the playoffs. Staying out of the #1 seed may be a good idea with the Cardinals getting Carpenter back and the Braves potentially having a better record as the WC winner than the Giants have.

None are the greatest match ups but at least the Giants are the least dangerous at home with only 22 HR there all year and without Melky Cabrera who has a big chunk of their home offense.

nismoredlegs
09-17-2012, 06:53 PM
Correct me if Im wrong, but wouldnt it be in our best intetest to not grab the number one seed? With the 2012 only Bud Selig genious NLDS format...the higher seed plays 1st two games on the road. They want the wild card winner to stay home. Dont know about you but i dont want to go out west for the first two games. I

Maker_84
09-17-2012, 08:11 PM
i would push for the #1 seed. Nats just got swept and have a tough schedule

Dont want the #1 seed and face the Braves or Cards in the first round. cueto, rolen, frazier, ludwick all need to be severely limited. then maybe every1 go all out to knock the cardinals out of the playoffs and get every1 in sync

Krawhitham
09-17-2012, 08:38 PM
In addition to making the division championship more important, the two-team Wild Card format has made the number 1 overall seed more important as well. It's definitely possible that a team like L.A. would have to pull out all the stops on the final weekend to lock up the second Wild Card berth, then travel to Atlanta for one game and possibly head back to the west coast to start the playoffs. I'd much rather be playing them than a more rested San Francisco team.




Not me, the #1 seed's first two games of a five game series is on the road

mroby85
09-17-2012, 10:17 PM
I'd play my A team against St. Louis only, add to the hatred lol.

Ironman92
09-17-2012, 11:14 PM
Rest, rest, rest...get Cueto and Chapman as ready as possible...keep Rolen and Hanigan extra fresh....

Play to win.

The Cardinals are the reigning world series champs....if you get chance to knock them out, you better go for it.

Some momentum would be good.

scott91575
09-18-2012, 12:20 AM
Not me, the #1 seed's first two games of a five game series is on the road

The #2 seed's first 2 games are on the road too. Are you saying you would rather have the #3 seed?

webbbj
09-18-2012, 09:21 AM
Dont want the #1 seed and face the Braves or Cards in the first round. cueto, rolen, frazier, ludwick all need to be severely limited. then maybe every1 go all out to knock the cardinals out of the playoffs and get every1 in sync

well what about the NLCS? I dont think it really matters who we play in the 1st rd. Plus they will have less options as far as setting up their rotation.

Biff Pocoroba
09-18-2012, 11:45 AM
Correct me if Im wrong, but wouldnt it be in our best intetest to not grab the number one seed? With the 2012 only Bud Selig genious NLDS format...the higher seed plays 1st two games on the road. They want the wild card winner to stay home. Dont know about you but i dont want to go out west for the first two games. I


If we are the number two seed, we're virtually guaranteed to be heading west to play San Francisco in games one and two.

As the number one seed, we'd only head west if the Dodgers won the Wild Card play-in game. And for that to happen, the Dodgers would have to finish the regular season in LA, fly to Atlanta for one game and then head back to LA to open the divisional series. That surely would negate any disadvantage we'd have by traveling west (during a two-day break).

jback76
09-18-2012, 02:18 PM
I don't ever remember a September with this many off days for the Reds. I think they've had plenty of rest. I say try and win as many games as possible. I think it's more important that the Reds be hot and playing good ball, not who they're playing in the first round.

WDE
09-19-2012, 08:39 PM
Rest everybody and play the young guns.

goreds2
09-22-2012, 11:14 PM
Rest everybody and play the young guns. It will be interesting who plays tomorrow night.

joshua
09-23-2012, 03:36 AM
We should gun for the number one seed. I want a sense of urgency in the clubhouse. As we saw after Votto was injured, this team plays best when under fire. If I were Baker I would tell them they can rest as many days as they have off between the NLDS and NLCS. The less games it takes, the more rest they get.

improbus
09-23-2012, 11:48 AM
Dusty has done a nice job resting the regulars all season. I don't see any reason to change what they have been doing.

goreds2
09-24-2012, 01:00 PM
It will be interesting who we start against the Brewers this week. I think it is good to playing against contenders toward the end of the season.