Transmogrified Tiger wrote:Repeating this since I've seen this worry elsewhere: It is literally impossible for Haren to be the starter in any playoff game unless one or more starters are hurt. In a hypothetical where the Cubs need to play to win every game in order to make the wild card(not guaranteed) and where Arrieta and Lester pitch the last 2 days of the season(not currently how the rotation is arranged), and where Haren is the next starter due up, One of Hendricks/Hammel will be on normal rest and the other will be on 3 days rest. There's another off day between Wild Card and Division series start, at which point Lester and Arrieta would be set to start games 1, 2, and 5 on normal rest.
If we tie for the 5th wild card spot(with a "6th" team), we'll have to play a tiebreaker game on Monday, and whatever pitcher is next in the rotation would start the 1 game playoff.
Not sure when they'll decide it but that would be dependent on which day we'd play. The last two years, one WC game has been Tuesday and the other Wednesday (NL was Tuesday in 2013 and Wednesday in 2014). I'd imagine, assuming no scheduling conflict with stadium use, that if one league needed a play-in game, that the WC game would be Wednesday to get the day off. But maybe not.
ETA: That makeup game against the Royals would screw us over in such a scenario. We would have had the final Monday of the season off and if there was a possibility of a tie for the 2nd WC spot, the Cubs could have adjusted the rotation if necessary to make sure Haren didn't pitch one of those two games.