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Not exactly. Herzog gave days off adjacent to off days, to maximize the impact.
A lot of teams like to look at that game as a game to rest the regulars in that case, while still being able to maintain a positive attitude about the series.
In reality it doesn't really matter, but psychologically it might help the players to get in their proper frame of mind. You routinely have to rest players, and it's best to go out and say "This game doesn't matter as much, so we'll let the bench players give it a shot."
Mind you, not every manager looks at it like that, as guys like Whitey Herzog absolutely refused to ever use his bench players as a starter unless he had to.
it is the oddity of the day that long relievers are not a roster consideration. it's just a stream of guys who 'maybe' can go 2 innings.
It's just typical CYA, push button managing. People don't want to have to make decisions, so they make up BS "frameworks" to voluntarily constrain themselves.
I would have hoped self-awareness would have made you the last person on this site to post something like that.
anyone who has ever been involved in regular athletic activity could tell you that when you're sore or just feeling a little fatigued a single day of rest isn't always enough to bring you back to top shape.
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