lastingsgriller wrote:pitchers only play in 30-35 games a year. Missing one start means the same thing to the player and team as a position player missing 5 games.
I agree. the problem is a starting pitcher doesn't miss a start.
I haven't heard whether Hames plans to appeal, but most of the time they do. right now Hamels is scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Padres. more than likely Hamels will appeal, pitch Saturday, then drop the appeal. if Hamels was not suspended then his next start after Saturday would be Thursday in Chicao. if he drops the appeal and serves a 5 game suspension, instead of pitching Thursday he misses 5 games and pitches Friday against Boston.
there's no punishment there. (unless you count having to face the Red Sox rather than the Cubs).