"Baseball is more about matchups," said Burnes.
The use of a Bullpen Heavy strategy during a full regular season with 162 games is difficult given the additional load and injury risk that the relieving throwers throw harder than ever. It would require a good farming system and the willingness to send new arms back and forth to the Major League team.
Even during the shorter timeframe of the postseason, there may still be a lot to manage. Although it worked in the first round, Brewers officials confirmed the additional challenge of a longer, best-of-seven series. There are more free days than in the regular season, but the meat of the series consists of three games on three consecutive days, and the circumstances are much more intense.
During the World Series Run of the Cleveland Indians in 2016, the burden of so much, particularly heavy-duty innings has struck down the star-relief pitcher Andrew Miller. Manager Terry Francona often turned to Miller because he was such a dominant force and the start rotation was hurt by injuries. The only Indian pitcher to throw more innings than Miller (19⅓), that off-season was the starting pitcher Corey Kluber (34⅓).
In Miller's 10 appearances after the season, he was flawless until his last two games, including Game 7 of the World Series, which the Chicago Cubs won after giving up two important runs.
Fortunately for the Brewers, some of the bull-jarged jugs – Junior Guerra, Freddy Peralta, Burnes and Woodruff – have started pitchers this season and are used to throwing more. In Game 5, Woodruff threw five and one-third stout innings, but was charged with three runs (two earned) after he and Burnes had spit some in the sixth.
Even then, the Brewers moved only by 3-1. Their offensive has brought little support to this series to their unconventional, but strong pitching staff.