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Friday, November 04, 2016

Is the Postseason Becoming Too Different?

Or, if we want to look at it another way, relievers threw 43% of all the postseason innings this year. That’s up from 39% a year ago, and over the last five years, it had held pretty steady between 35-40%, right in the same range as the 63%/37% split we see during the regular season. It certainly feels like this year is the start of a shift, and teams are going to continue to push their bullpen usage in October, especially given how well it worked this year.

But that brings up a bit of a philosophical question; how far away from regular season baseball are we comfortable letting postseason baseball get? It’s already very different in some ways, most notably the number of starting pitchers a team needs to get through, based on the huge increase in off-days relative to what we see from April through September. But with the league potentially moving towards a 50/50 split in workloads between starters and relievers in the postseason, is there a point at which we’ll wonder if October baseball is just too different from the one teams have to play in order to get there?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 29 comment(s)
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