During return-to-play negotiations, it will be remembered that seven-inning games were all the rage. Why? Because when MLB wanted to create bubbles in Florida and Arizona, the idea of playing multiple doubleheaders was all the rage.
Inevitably, this required a reduction in the number of rounds. Why? Because playing 18 innings on a regular basis was insane.
However, with the idea of playing in his own stadium, that idea fell through.
But we realize more and more that double programs will be legion this season. Because of the rain – like the Indians and White Sox – and the little wiggle room (60 games in 66 days), there could be a lot.
But above all, the cases of COVID-19 could force the league to implement more. The Jays and Phillies will play it on a Saturday, by the way, to accommodate the Phillies.
And don’t make me believe the Marlins won’t play a ton.
Be aware that the men of Charlie Montoyo and Joe Girardi may not play 18 innings (or more) on Saturday. It would be possible to see them play either 14 or 16 innings.
The league and the MLBPA are currently negotiating to try to come to an agreement. Which? Ensure that doubleheaders would not always be nine-inning matches.
We could therefore see a nine-inning match and one of seven afterwards (for a total of 16) or two seven-inning matches (for a total of 14). That remains to be determined.
The goal is to try to reach an agreement by the weekend, before the Jays and Phillies games. Thus, the table would be set for the Phillies, but also for the Marlins for the next few weeks.
To be continued.
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