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It could rain in Texas tonight. Cliff Lee in Game 6, anyone?

Oct 22, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

Rain Texas Ballpark

The forecast isn’t exactly dire — most of the people down in Texas think the game will be played even if it’s delayed a bit — but there’s probably going to be rain tonight for Game 6 of the ALCS. My last check of Weather.com had it as a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms.

But even if the chance of a postponement is remote, I am trying to think of what I’d do if I was Ron Washington and there was a postponement. Let’s just call it a mental exercise: would I pitch Cliff Lee in a Saturday Game 6, going with my best shot at victory first, or would I stick with Colby Lewis, comforted by the knowledge that I had Cliff Lee in my back pocket for Game 7 on Sunday? Oh, and making sure that, if we did win, I’d have Lee available for Games 1, 4 and maybe even Game 7 of the World Series?

One of my favorite Leo Durocher quotes is “you don’t save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.”  But what if it rains today?

  1. skipperxc - Oct 22, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    I stick with Colby anyway, for the Game 1-5-7 in relief scenario you get by saving Lee. If you pitch Lee now, you’re getting three starts out of him; if you don’t, you’re getting two plus relief in Game 7, or maybe three anyway. Is that relief effort worth it? Tough, but I’d say yes.

  2. Richard In Big D - Oct 22, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    The game will be played tonight. “Scattered thunderstorms” in this part of the country at this time of year means small but intense, fast moving cells that leave a path of drench behind them. The Ballpark in Arlington has a superlative drainage system (supposedly capable of handling 10 inches per hour). It may be late when it’s over, but it’ll be over tonight, and Academy can start hawking their wares first thing in the morning.

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