Re: Set your playoff rotation
Originally Posted by Kc61
A few weeks before the playoffs the Reds moved their rotation around.
They decided rather than pitching Cueto and Latos back to back, they would stick Arroyo in between.
I think it's a fair assumption they thought it was the most effective rotation going forward. Including the next set of meaningful games, the NLDS.
Generally when a team moves the rotation around before the playoffs, they do so looking toward the oncoming playoffs.
And it makes sense - in case of a Game 1 loss, the Reds might think the veteran Arroyo will handle the Game 2 pressure better than the others. But whatever the reason, it's a fair assumption the Reds made the switch with the playoffs in mind.
They might change it again. But I doubt it.
I still don't see how the order has anything to do with what order the Reds intend to pitch them in the playoffs. The switch is about getting guys rested, ready and having flexibility. I doubt it is any pronouncement of what their playoff order will be. They only need to make it to where certain guys can pitch in a certain order. They don't have to establish said order just yet.
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