When a lot of games are postponed, the team, or teams, affected by the postponements are often times subject to a ton of doubleheaders.
And when a team plays a lot of doubleheaders, it can be quite taxing on the roster, especially the pitching staff.
The Cleveland Guardians are a team that is dealing with the aftereffects of so many postponed games.
They’re seeing some ugly results too.
After coming to within a game of first place in the AL Central, the Guardians have gone into a tailspin.
They were swept in a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on Monday and were dealt an 11-4 loss on Tuesday.
Guardians writer Ryan Lewis explained on Twitter what’s happening with Cleveland and the effects of so many doubleheaders.
The Guardians just played 3 doubleheaders in a 6-day span and are, tonight, losing 11-4 in Detroit, which led to a position player (Sandy Leon) pitching the 7th and 8th innings. Ernie Clement pitched twice last week.
Guardians are working to avoid overworking their bullpen.
— Ryan Lewis (@ByRyanLewis) July 6, 2022
The Effects Of Doubleheaders
That’s a ton of doubleheaders.
Whether it’s due to COVID-19 postponements or postponements related to weather, the Guardians have been subject to a lot of doubleheaders lately.
The fact that they’ve had to go to position players and ask them to pitch just to save their bullpen is proof enough of how multiple doubleheaders can start to weigh on a ballclub.
That has been the case recently for the Guardians.
The whole point of using position players on the mound is to save the bullpen.
Doubleheaders will certainly start to weigh on a team’s bullpen.
The Guardians are really feeling the effects of the doubleheaders now.
They had been nipping at the Twins’ heels.
Now they find themselves in a 4.5-game hole and only one game above the .500 mark.
Granted, not much was expected out of the Guardians in 2022, but their recent stretch of games isn’t promising.
Doubleheaders will do that to you.
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