Now that Wandy Rodriguez is shut down, there's no question that Gerrit Cole belongs in the playoff rotation. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The last two nights I've been writing about the playoff rotation and how that has been shaping up. The main focus in the comments was on Gerrit Cole. I didn't have Cole as one of my top four starters for the playoffs, putting him behind Charlie Morton and a healthy Wandy Rodriguez. Last night I wrote about the difference between the Nationals shutting down Stephen Strasburg and the Pirates potentially shutting down Cole. The key difference is that the Pirates would have had better options with Rodriguez healthy.

One day later, it was Rodriguez who was shut down. The Pirates shut down the left-hander for the rest of the season after he continued to f...

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