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"This is the new normal. The model that got a team through 162 games in 186 days was, for a long time, the model teams used to win 11 games in 30 days. No more. Teams head into the postseason expecting that they may call on their best starting pitchers out of the bullpen on their throw days, and sometimes on other days too. What Craig Counsell did last year in taking the Brewers to within a win of the World Series was a model a number of teams will ape now and in future seasons. There are no SPs and no RPs. There are just pitchers, and the next out, next three outs, next 27 outs."