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Before we go too far in slamming Ron Washington’s bullpen management . . .

Oct 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

Nelson Cruz pops out

. . . We should probably remember that the Rangers got shut out last night.  It’s something that, in a rush to make clever jokes about Neftali Feliz’s whereabouts, I sort of forgot this morning.  Yes, you’d hope that a pennant winning manager would make better decisions when down 2-0 in the eighth inning on the road — and you have to worry that he may commit further malpractice as the series wears on — but ultimately he could have put Jeff Russel or Tom Henke in there and it wouldn’t have made any difference.  The Rangers were beat because they couldn’t do jack against Matt Cain. Not because of who got the call from the bullpen.

See the video below: after the game the Rangers all agreed. Washington, Michael Young, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz all talked about the bats.  Hamilton’s constant refrain of “not getting the job done” could maybe be construed as an oblique comment on the relief corps, but that’s probably a reach.  They all know they have to hit to win, and last night they didn’t hit.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    If youre down by 2 in the eighth in the W.S. and face going home with a 0-2 deficit, you need to put in your best pitcher to try to keep the deficit at 2 so that your offense has a bit of chance for a comeback. Like Young said, they know how well they can hit. Even if they didn’t hit well last night, they still have the ability to put up 3 runs in an inning easily. Putting up 10 runs in an inning, even for Texas, if nearly impossible. Feliz should have been in there and at least tried to keep the score close. We will never know how the Texas offense would have responded if Feliz came in there and preserved the 2-run differential. Maybe that would have sparked the offense, or maybe they all strike out and go quietly…who knows? But I am sure the morale was below the floor once the 7-spot was put up and their chances went out the window. Lack of hitting was why they were losing, but Washington’s poor management is why they lost.

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