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Top of 7th, runners on 1st and 2nd with Murphy at bat. St. Louis brings in a lefty...
Let's see, would Texas rather have: Murphy and Gentry hit OR...Gentry and...German?
Murphy's postseason OPS is over 1.000 yet Wash would rather give a crucial at-bat to a AAA hitter who hasn't had an at-bat in a month. Not only does Murphy not get to hit in a crucial situation, he is out of the game.
Texas may overcome Wash's inability to manage a game...but in a series involving two even teams, you really can't afford to make gut (i.e. stupid) decisions.
Yes, there is a strong argument against this decision and German looked really rusty. However.. "inability to manage a game"?? What games have you been watching? That's a gross overreaction.
Esteban German had no busines walking up to that plate. He struck out and looked awful and completely lost at the plate.
Torrealba, Moreland, heck, even Treanor could have done better than that! Dang it, what kind of move was that to put German out there????
Part of the problem is that Texas has a terrible bench. They have the punchless Gentry who is only valuable as a defender or as a base stealer; Moreland, who is hitting about as good as Esteban German at the moment, Torrealba, who is a mediocre hitter even on a good night, and Treanor, a guy who is in there for D. Do they also have Chavez? Maybe so, but even there, he's not good against lefties. If we had picked up a decent bench PH at the deadline - a veteran guy who can swing the bat - I think we could really use him in this series. Oh well... but that's on JD, not Wash.
So this is where Texas is at a serious disadvantage against the NL.
I do agree that German was a bad move, but I imagine Wash was saving Torrealba for his the last inning in case they got to the pitcher again. If it were up to me, I would have used Moreland.
But like Dustin said, don't overreact. Wash played his cards okay, and the game was amazingly close.
Is Chavez on the WS roster? He can hit singles too. I don't get this decision.
Murphy has earned the right to face a left handed pitcher late in the game. Wash got tricked into playing match ups. German had no business being out there other than as a pinch runner. Should have been Murphy and then Gentry/Torrealba.
"Murphy has earned the right to face a left handed pitcher late in the game"
What earned him this right - slapping tht one hit vs a lefty in the playoffs? I'm guessing it's not his two extra base hits (both doubles) in 118 PA vs lefties during the season - or his .507 seasonal OPS vs lefties.
I refuse to crucify Wash on this. Gentry , although already being used "has no punch"? He hit .400 in the ALDS and ALCS. German was not my decision, but had it worked? Ye of little Faith would be praising his decision. Yes, Tor batted .444 in the ALCS, going 4 for 9. A better choice? To me yes. But Wash do what he do, and what he do has got us here. It is one game. The only one I expected to lose in St. Louis. Keep your chones on and chill out.
I wouldn't be praising anything: I'm about the process.
Murphy has "earned the right" to face lefties when the alternative is German. I would have either let Murphy hit or PH Torrealba (you know...a guy that had seen ML action within the last month). I definitely, in absolutely no circumstance would have hit German for anyone.
And you don't save your better options for a later point in the game.
@Dustin: Wash's insane in-game management has been fairly well-chronicled by most legitimate baseball publications. This isn't new. Again, Wash does a good job keeping the team loose and getting them to play hard, but I fear that teams need more than a cheerleader when it comes to beating the best.
utb - Wash has been criticized by many for decisions, including me. But I am not going to grill him on one game. I did disagree with it. I also thought with men on, that despite the LHP that Murphy had the more power and advantage at said time. Hind sight is always 20/20. Wash will adjust, learn from it, and figure it out. We have the offense to cover a lesser move or two. Just stay the course. Don't knee-jerk. That's my only point, nothing more.
I'm fine with the decisions made really. Washington will lead this team to the championship.
Murphy didn't look good after his 1st at bat last night. Flailed at a few outside fastballs, against a Righty, and did nothing to convince me (and Wash) that he should face a lefty that has been killing lefties. Perhaps making Gentry Sac Bunt there is the better decision.
Texas may overcome Wash's inability to manage a game
Back-to-back World Series... but Washington is still a dumbass.
You might want to look into what underlying issues you have with certain people that may have led you into this utterly stupid belief of yours. Just a thought.
Rangers 100, cry me a river man. Just because a guy has an opinion about a manager that happens to be black doesnt mean that he is a racist. That's two seperate posts that i have seen you accuse someone of having race issues. Cmon man, dont you have better things to do... idiotic
Having said that, no need to panic yet, they beat us with Carpenter on the mound, who is much better than CJ, who has been terrrible in the playoffs. We win this game tonight and we are back in the drivers seat!
There is probably not a game played in MLB, regular season and playoffs, that doesn't involve at least 1 or 2 questionable decisions by each manager. Sometimes the decisions work out, sometimes they don't. That's the nature of the game. Wash is going with his gut, with what he feels is the best move, so why so much criticism? Back-to-back World Series appearances proves he is a capable manager. The fact is, the Cardinals pitching shut down the Rangers potent offense. I would bet that most every regular poster on this site would agree that allowing only 3 runs to the Cardinals would result in a win. I firmly believe if they hold the Cardinals to 3 runs tonight, the series will be going to Arlington tied at 1. Carpenter is good, really good. LaRussa's decisions paid off. And the Rangers offense had a terrible night. Let's hope this was just an all around bad game and things will turn around tonight.
1) Can we stop saying after every questionable Wash decision "If it had worked out, you'd all be singing a different tune". Bullsh. Esteban German was the wrong move, and even if it had worked out, it would have remained the wrong move. Would we have spent a lot of time bitching about it? Probably not. But we would have still known it to be the wrong move.
2) Can we please stop accusing everyone who thinks Wash is a poor tactical manager of being a racist? Wash is a poor tactical manager. He does other things very well. He is not a stupid man. But he makes very poor in-game tactical decisions on a regular basis, starting with his irrational love of the sac bunt and his unwillingness to tinker with his batting order when his vets are not hitting. He's flat out bad at making tactical moves. And I am not a racist. At all. Even a little.
The only bad management in this game was the offense only managing to score two runs. That sucks.
Scooby - I very much agree with you. I have said the same things as you just did in the past and was called a racist every time, and it did offend me to the point of losing my cool. I opted for the high road with my statement last night. I agree German was a bad move. I didn't like it. Wash does make those mistakes you pointed out, too often. The line-up issue I have addressed I don't know how many times, but again I got abused. Wash does have his weaknesses, but he also has his strengths. Lets hope his strengths overcome his weaknesses in this series. It is one game. That said, I agree with your assessment.
Can we please stop accusing everyone who thinks Wash is a poor tactical manager of being a racist?
I haven't seen one person here (or anywhere) do that.
Wash is a poor tactical manager.
Interesting. Can you link me to some data or research on this? Any that compares Washington's moves to those of other managers (across statistically significant data sets of course)? Thanks in advance.
Rangers 100, cry me a river man. Just because a guy has an opinion about a manager that happens to be black doesnt mean that he is a racist.
Nor have I ever made such a claim.
Wash does make those mistakes you pointed out, too often.
"Ricky in Ft. Worth" no doubt being a guy who - as he has often demonstrated with his deep knowledge of the game, its history, the physics behind it, etc. - religiously studies and scientifically documents the moves of other teams' managers; 29 men about whom he can tell you nearly every publicly known detail).
You certainly do insinuate that anyone who thinks Wash is a bad tactical manager is a racist.
@Rangers100: I never said that Wash was a horrible manager. I said that he is a very poor in-game tactician. If you believe that he is a good in-game manager, that's cool - but there are many intelligent people who think otherwise. Wade Phillips went 13-3 one year and won a playoff game the next year...but that didn't make him a good in-game manager. Same goes for Wash.
Even most of the biggest Wash-believers concede that in-game management is not his strength.
I would argue that using: 1) a AAA hitter; 2) that barely played all season; 3) that hadn't gotten an at-bat in almost a month; 4) while better options were available...in the most critical part of a World Series game qualifies as a bad in-game decision.
If you disagree, +1 for you. But I could do without your baseless insinuations.
I said that he is a very poor in-game tactician.
Most of those you talk to anyway.
I would argue that using: 1) a AAA hitter; 2) that barely played all season; 3) that hadn't gotten an at-bat in almost a month; 4) while better options were available...in the most critical part of a World Series game qualifies as a bad in-game decision
1) All of that is debatable.2) 1 bad decision now makes him a bad in-game manager? Wow.3) Do you have even the slightest clue how many bad in-game decisions other MLB managers made this year? Of course not. But of course that isn't stopping you here either. Go figure.
A racist? Not really. Motivated by some deeply ingrained cultural prejudices? Yeah, sadly, very often the case. Culture is a powerful thing like that.
None of you have even the slightest data showing Washington is an inferior in-game manager compared to other MLB managers. Not even the slightest bit. You don't even attempt to put the data together you have so little of it.
Yet you've concluded he's a bad in-game manager compared to other MLB managers.
I get that you don't think something else has led you to so firmly believe in something for which you have absolutely zero serious evidence. But again, that's a good example of the power of culture.
@Rangers100 I think it also has to do with Wash's less than eloquent public speaking skills. In order to be smart you gotta speak smart son. (Emphasis on lack of grammar)
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