Evidently home field advantage in the playoffs doesn’t mean anything, ’cause the Atlanta Braves keep rolling out line-ups littered with substitutes.
Monday night, in the 5-0 loss to the Brewers, the Braves had Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman sitting on the bench resting. In a few weeks the season will be over, can’t they rest then?
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If the best record in the NL is meaningless, I wish the Braves would just tell us. That way Braves fans will be able to understand why subs are getting so many at bats.
The problem with the preoccupation with giving players rest, is that there has been no evidence over the years that well-rested teams are any better in the playoffs, than teams that aren’t well-rested. If there was evidence that showed teams are better in the playoffs that are well-rested, then it would be understandable why Gonzalez is resting his players. But there isn’t.
The main concern with this Braves team, is that it seems they have become comfortably complacent the past few weeks, and there is no guarantee that they will get a wake-up call anytime soon.
I finish this article by posing this question to you. If Gonzalez thinks he is helping his team by resting players, then why are they playing their worst baseball all season in September, when they are the most rested?