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Ron Washington "has a feeling" about Jorge Cantu

Oct 12, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

Just as I was surprised that there is controversy over the Giants starting Madison Bumgarner over Barry Zito, I’m surprised that there’s controversy over the Rangers starting Jorge Cantu over Mitch Moreland at first base tonight against David Price. But apparently there is:

When the sun went down on Monday, Rangers manager Ron W ashington was undecided as to who would play first base on Tuesday night. He was leaning toward right-handed-hitting Jorge Cantu, but said he
wanted to discuss it further with hitting coach Clint Hurdle and other
coaches.

“My heart wants to put Cantu in there,” Washington said. “I just have a feeling, but we’ll talk about it.”

Jorge Cantu is no great shakes against lefties: he’s a career .272/.323/.451 against them and had a bad Game 1 against David Price.  But the other option — Mitch Moreland — hit .200/.304/.300 against them in limited play this year. In light of that, you have to start Cantu, don’t you? Why must Washington rely on his heart?

Or did someone just decide that today is non-controversial controversies day?

  1. BoyOBoy - Oct 12, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Washington: Can’t hit lefties.
    Hurdle: Cantu.
    See, it’s non-controversial, but it’s also not funny. There are many layers here.

  2. scatterbrian - Oct 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    0-for-6 with 3 Ks vs. Price

  3. Giant Space Ants - Oct 12, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Cantu looked overmatched in Game 1, when Price wasn’t even at his best. Frnakly, he’s looked overmatched his entire tenure with the Rangers. But you got him to hit lefties (like Francouer), so it’s probably best to use him.

  4. Kiwicricket - Oct 12, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    “I just have a feeling, but we’ll talk about it.”
    If it’s a numb feeling around your lips, and your nose is tingling Ron…..It might just be something else. But we can still talk about it.

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