Re: Where does starting Leake in Game 4 rank on the stupidity chart?
Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
* He was completely left off the NLDS roster -- it's evident how the team felt abot him.
* Latos only pitched four innings on Saturday. He EASILY could have pitched on 3 days rest. It's not like he had a 100+ pitch outing last time out. This would not have been the typical "3 days rest."
* Very often in playoffs, teams go with a 3-man rotation anyway.
* Playing to set yourself up well for Game 5 or setting yourself up for the NLCS is a great way to lose Game 4. You need to go for the kill when you can.
Latos was the obvious call. Ridiculous that Leake was given the start. Way to overthink this one!
Hindsight is 20/20. If you start Latos and he struggles, then what?
I'd rather have Leake and Latos on full rest than Latos and Arroyo on short rest.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.