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MLB gets postseason schedule right

Posted on: August 10, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 6:58 pm
By Matt Snyder

One thing that has long annoyed many fans about baseball's playoffs is the unnecessary off-days. During the regular season, each team plays at least six games a week and sometimes all seven days in a given week. Then they'd get to the playoffs and take about nine days to play a five-game series. One example that still sticks out in my head is the Yankees-Angels 2009 ALCS, when there was an off-day with no travel. Game 4 was played in Los Angeles, the following day there was no game, and then Game 5 was played in Los Angeles. Angels manager Mike Scioscia mentioned how stupid it was during the winter meetings that offseason.

So when the press release arrived with the 2011 postseason schedule, let's just say I wasn't expecting much. And I was wrong, thankfully.

Major League Baseball has announced the following dates (* indicates "if necessary" games):

NLDS, both series: October 1, 2, 4, 5*, 7*.
ALDS, both series: September 30, then October 1, 3, 4*, 6*.

ALCS: October 8, 9, 11, 12, 13*, 15*, 16*.
NLCS: October 9, 10, 12, 13, 14*, 16*, 17*.

World Series: October 19, 20, 22, 23, 24*, 26*, 27*.

Every single off-day is a travel day. Otherwise they're playing games every night. No wasted days in the name of TV or whatever else was happening. What a thing of beauty. It's even finishing a whole four days before November ... at the latest.

Now, this actually does hurt some teams and help others. If someone like, say, the Yankees or Tigers are looking to rely heavily upon one starting pitcher, they won't be able to do so without having him come back on short rest. On the flip-side, the Giants and Phillies, for example, will be rewarded for having deep starting rotations, should they make the playoffs. We should also consider bullpens, as the Braves, for example, heavily rely on Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel at the back-end. With fewer off-days, the young duo might have to stay in the bullpen a few times when they'd normally get the ball. Or maybe the Braves run them out there and either Kimbrel or Venters doesn't have his good stuff due to fatigue. Hitters should benefit in general, as the off-days are a break in their routine.

The bottom line, however, is that this schedule is much more like the regular season and that will likely make everyone happy.

I know it's totally uncool to ever admit Bud Selig does something remotely correct, but it happened here. Of course, the weird off-days thing shouldn't have been happening in the first place. So have at it, Selig haters.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:54 pm

MLB gets postseason schedule right

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Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:40 pm

MLB gets postseason schedule right

Great. This will make things better for exactly one year. Then when they institute the extra wild card team in each league next season there'll be three teams in each league sitting on their hands for a few days waiting for the wild cards to duke it out. The manager of the first divisional winning team to lose to a wild card will complain it was because his team was out of action for four days (or whatever) while the wild cards team kept playing. So enjoy this minor improvement while it lasts...

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:54 pm

MLB gets postseason schedule right

Now we will see just how good some of the pitching staffs really are. Cant throw out 2 pitchers any longer now u gotta use them all

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:50 am

MLB gets postseason schedule right

This is a move in the right direction.
Now we don't have to have November games!
These series should be played at the same pace as the regular season.

This is probably in preparation to add the 5th wild card team, however.

Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:55 am

MLB gets postseason schedule right

Hold the kudos.  There's still plenty of room for improvement.  E.g., two off days between Series is unnecessary.  Especially considering the possibility that the days scheduled for LDS games 4 and 5 and LCS games 5 6 and 7 may not be needed. 

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:20 am

MLB gets postseason schedule right

It was probably Joe Torre that did it, no way Budman figured it out.

Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 1:58 am
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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 1:37 am

MLB gets postseason schedule right

The only reason why the dweeb (Selig- the worst Commish in the history of sports) changed it - is because - last year, when they wanted to stretch the World Series out into TV Sweeps Weeks -(INTO November)  so MLB could earn more from FOX - who thought they'd earn more from the Sweeps ad revenue - but it turned out to be a big disaster - so they decided to end the season PRIOR to sweeps week this year. MLB gets lower tv ratings than International Soccer.  Bud Selig has destroyed MLB. There is simply ZERO interest in the league that overpays its players, no salary cap, ALWAYS the same teams in the playoffs- $250 million payrolls vs $40 million payrolls. It goes on and on. MLB and Bud Selig - SUCK!

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