The Dord of Darien

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World Series thoughts

I’ve been quiet lately. I know it. But that doesn’t mean I’m dead! Though if I am dead, I’m clearly in Hell, since somehow the Cardinals are one win away from a goddamn world championship, which I do not appreciate thank you very much.

On that subject. You seen that game six? Wow. I’m not sure which was more impressive: the bad management, or the bad defense. Get this: Rangers had the bases loaded in the sixth inning, and their pitcher coming up. So R. puts a dude in the on-deck circle to pretend like he’s pinch-hitting, but nobody’s fooled, because it’s his backup catcher. We all know he’s just hiding his real pinch hitter so drunken master T. La Russa wouldn’t be able to overmanage for it. And then, as expected, Torrealba goes back to the dugout, and out comes… Colby Lewis. The pitcher.

R. Washington you mad idiot genius, how on earth could you fuck this one up? This is the easiest decision any manager ever has. Bases loaded, sixth inning, pitcher coming up. By which I mean American League pitcher coming up. Here are Colby Lewis’ career batting stats:

.188 / .188 / .250 / .438, 14 OPS+. That’s in a whopping 17 PA. Sure, Mitch Moreland ain’t great, but you’d take him over that with the bases loaded, yeah?

Now watch this. Do you see that right there? Do you see Nelson Cruz just being Manny on that play? He loafs after the ball for a while then tries to make a dramatic leaping grab and just misses it. It looks to me like he was showboating; it he’d just, like, run over there he’d have caught it easy, but for whatever reason he stopped short and then tried a leap.

That was with two outs. In the bottom ninth. If he makes that catch, the Rangers win the World Series.

Would you believe the Rangers blew two more leads after that? Unreal. I’m with Cameron on this one.

October 28th, 2011 Posted by | Baseball | no comments

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