Just get there
As you may or may not have noticed, I didn’t make the trip to Milwaukee, so I’m following from a distance like many of you for these three days. Back on the horse at Minute Maid Park. In the meantime, I’m reading the coverage.
And in Joe Strauss’ game story, he tangentially touched on something I’ve thought about a good bit regarding the postseason. Aside from Carpenter and Suppan, I think TLR/Dunc should plan to have an exceedingly quick hook with the starters in the playoffs. Whoever gets the remaining starts in the DS or a potential LCS or World Series, get ‘em out quick if there’s any trouble at all.
The reason this came to mind was the acknowledgement by the staff that it’s not necessarily a negative if Anthony Reyes is a 5-6 inning guy in the playoffs. Personally, I think Marquis and Weaver should be 5-6 inning guys if it comes to that. If they’re rolling, and can get you into the 7th or 8th, great. But if not, don’t hesitate. If any of those three pitchers gets you through five, get him out and go to the pen at the first sign of trouble.
This bullpen has three very competent right-handers in Wainwright, Looper and Hancock, and maybe Brad Thompson as well. You have plenty of days off in the playoffs. Use those guys aggressively. I think handing tight games to the pen from as early as the sixth will be one key to this team going a long way in October.