Updated: Oct 21, 2021
Updated post game 5
What a difference a couple of games make. The Astros overcame challenges to win Game 4 and rode Valdez, Alvarez, and Gurriel to role in Game 5.
Valdez going eight innings was huge in Game 5 but also completely resets the bullpen with the off day Thursday. Heading to Game 6 the only pitchers that should be unavailable are Valdez, Javier, and probably Greinke (although he might be available.)
I have resorted to using this type of table to reset the plan daily.
For each future game I project the number of pitches for each pitcher and what would their target innings be.
I shaded cells in pink to show when each pitcher should be off. The lighter pink for Game 5 are pitchers the Astros were prefer not to use but probably can.
The ALCS will be a test of the resilience and flexibility of this pitching staff.
Click here also for my lineup plan.
Let me know what you think.
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