At the level that both clubs have brought themselves to, they are professionals and then some. A club doesn’t get that kind of recognition just by dumb-doda-luck. Professional means professional. I would have done exactly what you asked in your question. I believe, with great lineups comes recognition, long before they reach the Series. They’ve all seen these guys on the mound and know pretty well what they bring to the table.
I always wanted to pull a guy after about 4 or five innings of play going into a playoff series. Now let me qualify that by stating “good innings” - solid pitching, aggressive pitching, smart pitching.
Because if everything goes according to plan (yeah right) by the 4th or 5th inning, the guys that are coming to bat, have seen pretty much what a pitcher has to offer, and, if their bench is smart, they’ll adjust. So … put in another dependable, one the other bench hasn’t seen recently, and let those guys across from the dugout start the adjustment process all over again - DEAL WITH IT.
Now before someone starts with … “what about the pitcher’s stats?” Going into a Series, a playoff berth and so on, it’s more about everyone getting there. After a long, hard , tough season, everyone is pulling in the same direction, not just one individual going in his own direction.
I was always straight up with my guys and made that perfectly clear. WE are going this route, no just you.
Does that address your question Roger?