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The Angels are 3.5 back, maybe less by nights end. Probably 2.5 back. And we are playing the Boston "F'n Red Sox", who are tied for 1st in the AL East with the Yankmees.. And in his infinite wisdom, we have Murphy and Quintanilla in the line-up? C'mon man!
Fatigue man, its just unfortunate that these are the players we have to resort to..... not wash's fault in fact you gotta give him some credit to at least acknowledge how fatigued this team is
It's the heat!
Not buying it. It is hot throughout the Nation, especially the South. Atlanta and Arizona don't seem to be affected
That's just the way baseball go... and we'll just have to live with the outcome.
Two great quotes from a not so great strategist.
RP,Right now the metroplex is experiencing hotter temperatures than they have in almost 10 years. theyre not used to it. theyre all laboring out there and its highly visible. it sucks as an excuse... but it is what it is...
Apparently it doesn't effect Boston.
I don't think it would've even mattered with the way our starters and relievers have been pitching the last two games. One good thing is that the Red Sox have yet to face Alexi Ogando...hopefully that accounts for something. Crossing my fingers that we can split the series tomorrow.
I'd bet these guys didn't ask for a day off, or in Kinsler's case a 1/2 day off. Warsh needs to quit playing patty cake with these guys for the last few weeks of the season.
So, basically, you're saying that Wash has neither a good handle on the urgency of the race nor a good feel for the fatigue level of his players.
I'm not buying that.
This isn't exactly Wash sitting multiple premium players at the same time with the division tied and one week left to go in the season, either. This will probably end up going down to the last week of the season, and Wash can't just keep running all of his starters into the ground every night with no days off just because the race is close with a month to go.
If they're out of gas, they're out of gas, and I'd much rather see Wash exert some control over that aspect of the team's play and hopefully preclude them completely going to hell with 10-14 days to go because of exhaustion than, well, the alternative.
And what should Wash do if and when Texas wins the division? Continue to run the A team out with no rest? It's a long season and there is still plenty of baseball left. Breathe.
I miss Blanco :( ... at least when he filled in, he got a hit occassionally. Quintanilla just sucks.
I agree that this heat is having an effect on the players, and that rest is a necessary evil right now for all of the players. Long season, still a lot of games to play and we are still in the drivers seat. If we take care of business like we should at home against an inferior team when the Angels come to RBiA we will be 5 or 6 games up again.
****Having said that, I almost threw a brick through the TV lastnight when Quentinilla's relay throw was 8 feet up the line on Ortiz, that should have been a no doubt about it GIMME for a Major League ballplayer.
My latest front-page post is basically a response to some of the comments in this thread: http://www.bbtia.com/home/2011/8/25/ron-washington-the-fatigue-problem-and-the-heat.html
All fine and dandy except that they've really played very few home games since mid-July (13 in 41 days). To be fatigued by the heat, you have to play in the heat.
Excellent point, JD. Scoreboard!
They could just be fatigued, period. It seems like we haven't had a day off in weeks. (I know we have, I'm just saying, that's what it SEEMS like.) The Angels had 2 this week. What's up with that?
... or 16 hot-weather games in 34 days. So, yeah, I'd argue they have been playing in the heat.
I carried the rest of the argument over into the front-page post, though.
Gentry in CF tonight I can live with. Mike DH'ing I can live with. If Q-Man is really playing 3rd tonight? Ugghh! Luckily the Angels don't play tonight, thus the lead will only drop .5 games. Unluckily, the Angels have the night off tonight and come in somewhat refreshed for tomorrow. I'll be there this weekend. I hope to see a Rangers explosion, not implosion.
This is an asshole post from the beginning.
It ought to be deleted.
Thanks for the highly intelligent comment, Joe.
Nothing like an .048 Avg. in your line-up when you're in a pennant race. Lead will be 2.0 after tonight.
Joe is right. He isn't talking about your baseball point. It's the other thing.
To Chime on on the title, it is a little much. That comes from a guy that tends to do over dramatic titles himself.Wash resting players is smart. Quintanilla didn't give up all of those home runs. Did he?Boston is a good team and they just had a loosing streak of 5 games and their fan base was ready to fire Theo and the manager. That how baseball go
I tend to agree with mhilgtx. If the Rangers had lost these games 4-3, you'd have an argument that RW should've told the hitters to tough it out. What has me worried isn't the recent losses. It's how the Rangers have lost. The starting pitching has collapsed. In retrospect, RW might as well have given the entire offense 3 days off and just conceded the games.
I know the offense has struggled recently, but that's because Kinsler, Andrus, Cruz, and Hamilton aren't hitting particularly well right now. Quintanilla isn't the problem. They haven't been losing games 4-3, so that you can point to crucial Quintanilla outs as the cause.
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