I would say precautionary and more in line with resting him for the playoffs.
Playoffs should be good, don’t like the byes at all, might be a disadvantage in some respect.
The regular season race here in late September has also been less interesting this season than in previous seasons when there were only two wild cards. All around in that regard the new playoff system is less competitive than the new one.
Having said that, both leagues will put forth six teams with a shot to win, and this being baseball, each team will have a real shot at winning the World Series.
Some very exciting story lines in the NL, Pujols, Molina, Wainwright and the Cardinals make one last push at a title, Bryce Harper’s best shot at a WS in a decade with the underdog Phillies, Scherzer and DeGrom lead the Mets, it’s rookie Spencer Strider and Max Fried for the Braves, Blake Snell may be better than them all with Juan Soto behind him, and the winningest team in baseball, the LA Dodgers, who enter as the favorite.
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