No one knows when/if the 2020 season will get underway. Maybe the only thing we can say with a high level of certainty is that we won’t have a 162-game regular season this year. We haven’t seen a truncated season since 1995 and that year teams still played 144 games. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the 2020 season contained half that many games. Even in the strike-shortened 1981 season, each team played at least 103 games. We’re in uncharted waters here.
The uncertainty at how long the season will be also creates uncertainty at what’s going to be most important. You manage differently for a 162-game season than you do in a best-of-seven series. But those postseason series have more days off than a regular season. Rumor has it that we might see more games – think doubleheaders – bunched in the schedule, however long that schedule may be. Knowing what’s most important will help determine how to fill out rosters should, as rumored, the plan to play in 2020 includes up to 29 roster spots per team.
What will be most important in a shortened season?
- Starting Pitching (62%, 13 Votes)
- Relief Pitching (14%, 3 Votes)
- Depth (14%, 3 Votes)
- Other - Specify what in comments section (10%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 21