But my question is this: do suspensions really matter in baseball? From a player's perspective, the answer is an overwhelming "yes".â†µ
A player like Aneury Rodriguez seems pretty expendable to the Astros; he's pitched in just over three innings, and to be honest, hasn't exactly been very accountable.â†µ
With the suspension of Rodriguez, the Astros depth took a hit.â†µ
But what are the chances that the Astros actually need Aneury Rodriguez? The only plausible scenario would be an extra-inning game, where bullpen arms are short. Basically, the chances of the Astros needing Anuery Rodriguez to win a game are pretty slim.â†µ
This is why I'm in favor of suspensions...at least when they bear little expense to performers of the team.â†µ
That's why I don't mind seeing Brad Mills tossed or suspended. He's doing exactly what he needs to do--find a way for these rookies to play inspired baseball. And after last night's 16-hit, 11-2 barrage, I think he accomplished his goal.