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TIME TO DEEP-SIX THE FIVE-MAN ROTATION

SI's Chris Ballard questions the reasoning behind one of baseball's age-old tactics: In an era of sabermetrics, biomechanics and advanced baseball thinking, why does every team deploy its starting pitchers in essentially the same fashion? Each franchise still primarily uses a five-man rotation. (When one doesn't, the impetus for rejiggering is based on injury prevention.) It doesn't seem likely, or even possible, that every starter would be most effective on the same amount of rest. That's like expecting everyone to function equally well on five hours' sleep. I'm thinking guys like Roy Halladay (32) and CC Sabathia (above, right) are just as effective on three days' rest as they are on four—with no deleterious affect on their health—provided they are on a pitch count.

Read more of Chris Ballard's Viewpoint at SI.com, plus:
Ted Keith's Best 1--2 Punch: The most prolific pitching duos in the majors
Tom Verducci on why the Rangers' Michael Young might be the greatest active player never to reach the postseason

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