There was talk during the 9th inning on the broadcast last night about the potential for an Australian Hangover. While waiting for today's game to start, I've been thinking about this some.
The first obvious thing is if they don't win today, thats going to make for a long plane ride home, and perhaps it will feel a bit like like your favorite football team getting beat badly on the road in the week before the bye week,. You get to stew on it for a long time before you get another crack at things.
I mentioned the potential head games this could play with them vis a vi s heir rivalry with the Dodgers. But thinking about it further, these players are professionals who are used to the long ebb and flow of a 162 game season, and I don't think this will be as big a deal for them as it would be for the fans. Hopefully in 5 hours this point is rendered moot by a D Backs victory.
The second question is about Jet Lag and getting turned back around. I don't think this will be that big a deal. They fly back right after the game on Sunday night Asia time, and should arrive back in Phoenix late at Sunday night, (or very early Monday morning). Looking at The Schedule, they have two days off to recover from the trip, and then 4 days of additional exhibition games, another day off, and then the home opener 8 days after they get back. They will be turned around.
The third question revolves around going from games that count, back to exhibition games, and then games that count again. I think the toughest part of that transition is the games in Australia, where they have had to "turn it on" before they are probably really ready. Taking a glass half full approach, if they handle it right, it should be an ADVANTAGE, as they can look at how things went in Australia, and use the next 4 games to make some adjustments. In theory, that could help them be that much more ready when the bell rings.....again.....on March 31st vs the Giants.
So overall, I don't expect the trip to really have much long term impact on their season due to a "Hangover effect".
The one area that I think it DID impact the team was the perhaps the Corbin injury, and pushing him to 7 innings, 90 + pitches when he only had 13 innings under his belt up to that point. But he was hurting even before the ligament gave, and it probably would have happened sooner or later anyway. Hopefully the rush to get other pitchers ready early, notably Cahill and Miley, does not have negative impact on the team down the road.