With the final game of the regular season coming this Sunday, teams that have secured their play-off spot have to ask themselves a question. Should we rest our all-star players?
The Boston Red Sox, Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are all asking themselves this question. Playing 162 games every year wears down even the toughest of athletes. Injuries compound on each other, bruises and scrapes that never seem to go away.
If you followed the playoffs last year, you saw how spectacularly the Detroit Tigers crumbled in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants after 5 days rest from their sweep of the New York Yankees.
But no rest can be just as dangerous. Playing baseball inherently involves risk of injury. Just ask Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado who suffered a medial patellofemoral ligament tear in his left knee while stepping on first base in a non-contact play. The Orioles had to play Machado as they were still in contention at the time (and having si...