When the Washington National placed Stephen Strasburg on an innings limit prior to the 2012 MLB season, not too many people paid that close attention to what effect the decision could have toward the end of the season. After all, the Nationals had never made the playoffs, so although they made a few nice offseason moves, few expected them to compete in the stacked National League East.
You all know how the story ended. Strasburg had a great season, hit his innings limit and was shut down for the rest of the year. The Nationals reached the playoffs and earned the No. 1 seed, only to be eliminated in five excruciatingly close games. Had Strasburg pitched even one game, we could have had quite the different outcome in this past MLB postseason.