Originally Posted by Brutus
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.
Plus lets not forget that the Cardinals, along with all the pitching staffs in the playoffs, have starters that will give them quality innings. Wainwright, Carpenter, and Lohse have the ability to give the Cardinals 7 strong innings even pitch complete games. There isn't a pitching staff in the playoffs right now that doesn't have those types of guys.