Daymon asked a question today on rotations. I figured it was reasonable to respond to the group so that we are all on the same page, or at least in the same chapter.
The email is as follows:
I'm trying to work up my pitching rotation for this year.
Can we utilize a SP more than once during a 5 game series (i.e., the first and fifth game of the series)?
I couldn't remember what our rule was regarding this.
My response is:
We do not have a rule in the constitiution that addresses this for the regular season play. However, I encourage managers to adopt one of two approaches:
1) Setup a rotation that is at least a four man rotation (it can be more than 4, but at least 4). The only time that an opponent would see the same pitcher twice in a series then would be for those intra-division 5-games series.
2) Setup your rotation seperately for each series using at least a four man rotation. Again the only time that an opponent would see the same pitcher twice in a series is in an intra-division 5-game series. If you adopt this second approach, you should set your rotation for every game during the approaching month. For example if we are playing 26-games in a given month, then you should have a 26-man rotation setup in league manager. There can be some variations on this, but thats the general idea.
Option 2 could result in pitchers pitching on short rest according to the calendar, but since we are a non-AIM league and the series are not actually being played consecutively by the calendar, then in my opinion, its no big deal. Techincal, option 2 is the way we use to do it when Dave have the rotation setup on the website.
If you are comfortable with the rotations in league manager there are a bunch of cool variations that you can do. But the 2 options above are the simplest.
Let me know if there are any questions.