Originally Posted by MikeThierry
I don't see exhausted bullpens being the issue when it comes to the playoffs. Last year, both the Cards and Rangers pitched more innings out of the bullpen than starters did and it didn't have a negative impact on each teams ability to make it to the World Series. The amount of off days plus the idea that teams can reorganize their rosters as they see fit seems to make the exhausted bullpen issue a moot point. Besides, the Cards have guys like Shelby Miller waiting to be called in if there is an overstressed bullpen issue. He's a rookie but he's proved more than capable of getting outs when the Cards need him to.
Agree 1,000%, Mike. In the playoffs, just too many off-days to wear down the bullpen too much. Even if the Cardinals exhausted the bullpen in a five-game series, they'd have two days off before the LCS if I'm not mistaken (or at least one).
In my estimation, an exhausted bullpen will only happen if they were abused in the regular season to begin with. Not saying it can't happen in the playoffs, but all the off days make it harder.