Joe Girardi has been mostly diplomatic about the number of off days that have made this baseball postseason feel like six months instead of one. Mike Scioscia, however, let his true feelings be known yesterday in a session with L.A.-area writers.
“Ridiculous,” Scioscia said when asked for his thoughts. “I don’t know. Can I say it any clearer than that? We should have never had a day off last Wednesday. We should never have three days off after the season. You shouldn’t even have two days off after the season. It just takes an advantage away for a deep team, which everybody feels very strongly is an asset. It takes that advantage away and I think that’s something that Major League Baseball hopefully will consider looking at.”
When Game 6 is played tonight, the Angels will have played nine games in 18 days; the Yankees will have played nine in 19. If the Yankees win tonight, their 10th game of the postseason won’t come until Wednesday – 22 days since they began the ALDS. By comparison, the Yankees’ 12th scheduled off day during the season didn’t come until Aug. 3 (and that’s including the four days off during the All-Star Break).
I know that TV is the mother of all incentives for pro sports, but it sure seems foolish to decide the champion of your sport under such drastically different conditions than the rest of the schedule is played. One of the things that makes baseball great is its consistency; it’s played every day. The playoffs should at least try to approximate that during the games that matter most.