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Cliff Lee in Game 4? Too soon!

Oct 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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Ron Washington, not surprisingly, was asked today if he plans on using Cliff Lee in Game 4 on three days’ rest. He, not surprisingly, wouldn’t say one way or the other.

My view of this is that asking the Cliff Lee question today is premature.  Even if Washington knows in his heart that he’s going to bring back Cliff Lee on short rest for Game 4, he’s not going to say anything about until the end of Game 3, is he? Does this not become a totally different series if Colby Lewis shuts down the Giants tomorrow? Wouldn’t Washington like the option to change his mind? What purpose would it serve for Washington to even comment on it, because implicit in the question — or explicit in a followup — is an assumption of a loss in Game 3, which is nothing a manager is ever going to touch.

Either way, it’s unlikely in my view that Washington uses Lee in Game 4. Lee has never done it and rumor has it that he was not at all receptive to even the suggestion of it when he pitched for the Phillies last year.  I think it’s Lewis and Hunter and if the Rangers die before they get back to Lee’s slot in the rotation, well, then they die.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 29, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Lee looked exhausted enough in game 1. I think he’d be severely outmatched starting game 4.

  2. Richard In Big D - Oct 29, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    Keep in mind that CJ Wilson is not likely to be available again in this series. If he does take the hill, don’t you think the Giants bench will have the boys in blue examining CJ’s fingers looking for the super glue he spoke of (that he uses to protect his blister)? As was pointed out in an earlier post, the super glue is a clear violation of the “no foriegn substance” rule, removing him as an option. That situation would put the entire staff on a 3 day rotation, and any diminished effectiveness brought on by that would be a disaster. If you continue with the Lewis, Hunter, Lee rotation, the day off between game 5 and game 6 put Lewis back out for game 6 on 4 days rest. Not ideal, but I think the Rangers best hope, all things considered…

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