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I've always known umpiring was fundamentally flawed. However, watching the outrageously inconsistent strike zone's profound impact on a world series game featuring my team has changed my perception of the game. It felt rigged and that makes me extremely sad.
You cannot blame it on the umps, although inconsistent. We lost this fair and square. I firmly believe Wash went from Manager of the year to Goat of the year. Unless we play an AL team in the WS? We lose. Very, very piss poor management all the way thru. I've bitten my tongue, defended him when I could, but the glaring truth is simply this; He had the best team by far to field, yet lost. Yes, we were one pitch away, twice last night. But even last night, it could've been ended with better decision making.
honestly, going to the world series is nice and all, but i dont want to go just to lose. twice in a row? something has to change. Wash, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me....
Not saying we would have won without the bad calls, but some of Layne's calls completely changed the game (i.e. the Molina walk).
What an embarrassment. Its time for change in Texas. Pitching was the death of us. Im so glad CJ will be leaving this year. I say we throw our money towards CC. God, what a disappointment. This really shaked my faith in the ranger's organization.
the molina call ended the game. I agree guys something has to be done about the strike zone inconsitency's. I think that fans would have noticed it even more had the box been up for every pitch instead of just the big ones. Carpenter was going to be tough to beat tonight with that unbalanced strike zone going in his faveor
Trey makes a good point. I noticed, and without saying one word, she noticed, they never showed the pitch tracker on a questionable call in our favor. And when they tried to do so for the opposition? It made McCarver look foolish. Look, I am no conspiracy theorist, but when we are in the WS and the announcers are Nadel and Grieve, then we'll see if the opposition bitches. That was a stupid team to field to address it. Al Michaels and Pee Wee Herman would have been better.
Whatever excuses or anger we have the fact is that our pitching let us down in the clutch in this series. The umpires didn't decide game 6....our pitching decided game 6 as Feliz and Feldlman couldn't get people out after having 2 strikes on hitters.
IF you can get people out...you ain't gonna win and Feldman and Feliz simply blew it.
Why do you get the first man on in the top of the 1st and attempt to steal? Manufacturing runs means getting runs, not giving them away, which that very thing did. The ball and chain said to me, "Are we that desperate already?". I'd say she had a point.
I can tolerate variances in the strike zone, as long as they are consistent, but that was ridiculous. Here's a stat for you: Over the last 5 years (including game 1 of the WS), with Jerry Layne behind the plate, The Cards are 8-1 with a 2.00 ERA; the Rangers on the other hand are 1-6 with a 5.40 ERA. Could be nothing, could be something.
Things that make you say.. Hmmmm. Fox will hear from me about the broadcast crew. MLB should see this stat. Bias? You decide.
I fully support the use of a machine with technology replacing the homeplate umpire at this point.
A machine is not the answer. I don't know what is, but a machine would detract from the game. I do think that players and managers should be allowed to say something to the umpire about balls/strikes without having to worry about the umpire ejecting them.
"I've bitten my tongue, defended him when I could, but the glaring truth is simply this; He had the best team by far to field, yet lost. Yes, we were one pitch away, twice last night. But even last night, it could've been ended with better decision making." Ricky
Couldn't agree more. I know Ryan and Daniels won't shuttle him after his 2nd WS, but they should. Time for someone who has good baseball strategy and instincts. Maybe they can save face by 'promoting' Washington to some titled position and make it seem like a reward publicly. Of course, I don't know who else they could get in here. Francona? Don't want our players eating chicken and drinking beer during the games.
I think you keep him at the helm, but you "suggest" how to do things differently. And when the boss "suggests" you do something, that means you do it. I think the man knows baseball, but I think he gets tunnel vision and needs direction at times. Just my observation.
I would agree with that opinion. Whether we agree with his in-game decisions or not, this team has still gone to 2 World Series (improving their W-L record every year along the way) with him at the helm. The players trust him, and to make a managerial change after this loss would most likely be devastating to this team.
Nolan and JD will have a chat with him and make their "suggestions," we just have to wait and see where that gets us. I like where this team is headed for the future.
Don't get rid of the Umps, but review their calls after the fact and if there's a more than say a 5-10% discrepancy between the teams, then there should be either retraining or following up as to why.
I think it's an essential part of baseball for pitchers to adapt their games to the weather, park size and type, and the strike zone of the home ump. It's a major component of the chessmatch, especially since it's a limited number of the opposing team's players who are factors, and the batter can be gotten out without affecting the baserunners.
Theoretical they already do that, the guy that used to be the GM for Oakland before Billy B is involved or maybe an owner of the company that provides the technology. It is installed in every ball park already. The Umpires union uses and I believe we use it as Pitch f/x. You can google it to find out more.
The umpires were not great, but our pitching was far worse.
It was our pitching that killed us. No other excuses are necessary.
Even my father, who lives in northeast Ohio and has seen his share of terrible managers with the Indians, said that this was one of the worst managed series he has ever seen. Now that, my friends, is saying something.
This post really shakes my faith in something, but it's not the Rangers organization.
You really, truly, honestly think that the answer is throwing 50% more money at CC than you would throw at CJ?
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