from on our regular GreensboroSports.com readers and he has some very good questions for you…..
I have really become to dislike the scheduling and or format for the high school baseball state playoffs. I have said this for years and now thought I would throw it out there to see what others thought.
With the current format do we find out who has the best team in the end or who has the best pitcher? I purpose that teams should play M, W, F or either once past the first game go directly to a two out of three, or something to push these rounds closer together. With the current format T, F, S or W, S, W the same kid can go to the mound for each game.
I will use South Johnston for an example ( this is not a poke at SJ as they play hard and seemed well-coached just merely an example as I think it is up to the player and parent to get involved with pitch counts and days of rest). SJ threw who appeared to be their ace last Tuesday, brought him in again on Friday night, and I am guessing and could be wrong , but will most likely start him again on Tuesday. Why wouldn’t they with the current format? This sophomore has very good tools and I am sure that this will be mirrored by other teams as well with the current format.
Colleges play some kind of round robins and MLB plays best of series which showcases which team is best in the end not who has the best pitcher. I realize that there are some factors of why the scheduling is like it is but feel as if you ever want a true measure of a “team” you need to force them into the bench or bull pen to get more accurate results. At the very least, play three in a-row with four days rest and start it again the next week.
I was curious of the opinion of others on this and if the current format has ever been discussed or challenged?