Originally Posted by Todd Gack
What does expanded rosters have to do with this? A sense of urgency would mean you want to bring in the guys we'll use for the playoffs anyway and not the Zach Dukes of the world to 'play with urgency.'
Hoover pitched Friday and Saturday.
Marshall pitched yesterday.
Simon pitched Friday.
Parra pitched yesterday.
Lecure pitched yesterday.
Chapman hasn't pitched since the Mets series.
I would consider those our 'main' guys. So let's say we stop the bleeding and win yesterday. We play today and Cueto has a short outing again and we have to use our bullpen again. Now you're looking at using some of those guys for extended innings and essentially using them just to determine whether or not we play in Pittsburgh or Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Maybe it's just me, but I'm less concerned about location of game rather than how we play on Tuesday.
Sunday doesn't matter unless you win Saturday. The game was managed like neither game mattered.
As for what expanded rosters have to do with it..... you have more options to use than normal. A tired bullpen isn't an excuse for leaving a pitching in there who has given up 4 home runs in 4 innings.