Commentary

Brewers gambling with Greinke

Pitching Greinke on short rest in Game 2 is a risk Milwaukee doesn't need to take

Updated: October 2, 2011, 3:27 PM ET
By Dave Cameron | FanGraphs
Zack GreinkePatrick Green/Icon SMIWith Shawn Marcum ready, the Brewers don't need to force Greinke (pictured) out of his routine.

When the Milwaukee Brewers asked Zack Greinke to take his turn in the rotation during Wednesday's regular-season finale, it appeared that the Brewers were willing to exchange home-field advantage -- secured by winning Wednesday, thus guaranteeing them the No. 2 seed in the National League -- for getting only one start from Greinke in the NLDS. However, they have decided to have their cake and eat it, too, by opting to use Greinke on short rest and allowing him to pitch Game 2 and a potential Game 5.

It's not uncommon for teams to ask their best pitchers to skip a day of rest in desperate times because of a lack of viable alternatives or their backs are up against the wall.

However, neither one of these scenarios applies to the Brewers.