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1. the old substitute for defense strategy. I've never been a big fan until now. Nelson Cruz video they showed-Freese triple, I was amazed. He was plenty close enough to the wall when the ball is pitched, he just took a bad angle to the ball and never really had a chance. I guess if he were to have run straight to the wall then turned he could have adjusted and caught the ball.
2. C.J. proved again last night he's not a #1, let him go unless he provides a deep home town discount.
3. same old thing-relief pitching, but with a caveat. I remember complaining in the first series against Tampa Bay how Wash was pulling starters a little early for my taste, best example Harrison 5 innings one hit allowed, less than 100 pitches.
I think the bullpen was worn out at the end, but if the starters had gone an average of let's say 2/3 of an inning longer in the earlier series, the bullpen would have been just a tiny bit fresher. That tiny bit could have been the difference.
4. Last, the one decision I keep going back to with Wash, and that is the decision to pinch-hit German for Feldman. Were there two outs and nobody on? I think so. Feldman was by far the most effective reliever that night, and because he is really a starter, I think he could have gone 3 to 4 scoreless innings.
That being said, maybe we have a Jim Leyritz clone coming to pinch hit? Nope, we have German, a AAA+ kind of hitter who has already pinch hit in the series, and who had struck out on three pitches, if memory serves. I believe that he didnt' even make contact with the ball in that earlier at-bat. At that point if you can stretch the game a couple more innings with Feldman, the Cards have nothing left in the pen.
Hate to say this, but it was almost as if Wash was saying, "yeah I know you can pinch hit for the pitcher, watch this."
I just found this nugget I had forgotten about, re Cruz.
and here is something else that I had forgotten, from the dallasnews.
"Leading by two runs, the Rangers replaced 1B Michael Young in the seventh inning with Mitch Moreland. Young made two errors in the first six innings, both leading to St. Louis runs. The two errors tied the World Series record for most in a game by a first baseman."
So, Wash was okay with making defensive replacement for Michael, but he wasn't okay with making a defensive replacement for an injured Cruz?
I'm starting to think we just didn't have that one player who could play right field?
Obviously in hindsight, look how important each person is to the roster. When you look at the replay, do you think, like I think, that any good AA or above right fielder makes that play? Doesnt' mean he's a good hitter, but in terms of late innings replacements, I'm guessing each team has a sub that can play every position in the outfield?
If Feliz or Feldman could pitch worth a darn in the 6th game none of us would be this frustrated.
The bench was weak and the WS showed how weak it really was. The bullpen needs some tweaking. Feliz and Ogando have to get straightened out before next April. Oliver needs to retire and probably will.
My big concern is how they fill out the rotation in 2012. Holland, Colby, Matt.....who are the other two that fill that rotation?
I don't understand the point of this post. What's there to learn that we didn't already know? Young sucks in the field. Freeze hits low-and-away fastballs really well. The only surprising play was the 8th inning Elvis gaffe, when he got out of sync with Kinsler.
For the most part, the right players were in the right spot to win that game. They just didn't. Many of them just didn't.
the point is, did we have an outfielder on the bench who could've made that play? Because Cruz was hurt, and we had a two run lead. This is important stuff, to get the right players on the bench, just in case.
We had 3 catchers on the WS roster, barely used 2.
I would like to read an analysis of the situation that bothered me most. For the last two or three games I felt that if we got to seven the series was there because of the pitching match-up. But I also felt that it didn't have to be that way. Holland had already proven that he could do the job. Harrison had already proven that he couldn't. What would be wrong with letting Holland have that game on full rest - Hell, St. Louis gave it to Carpenter on short rest. I have grown to love Wash, but this decision is gnawing at me. What needs to be done (if anything) about this?
Easy to be the "armchair QB" in this situation (or should I say "Armchair manager") but this team needs some bats off the bench. Gentry, Chavez and company don't scare any pitchers that I'm aware of.
The bullpen needs work. The starting pitching needs an ACE, but can we find an ACE??
We can say all we want about bad decisions on the field and in the dugout, but there's something that struck me in Game 6 and sticks in my craw at least once or twice every season. I felt it again on the play when Holliday took Elvis out at second base and broke up the double play. You can debate whether Holliday went for the bag at all and the ump should've called him on it, but it was at that point that I realized the lengths the Cardinals were willing to go to get where they wanted to be.If there's a real knock I have on this team, it's that for all the athleticism, the speed, the ability to hit the ball a long way, I don't think they're very willing as a team to play some smash mouth when they have to. How many times in the last two years have we seen Rangers pitchers throw purpose pitches? How many times have the Rangers been involved in a brawl? I don't condone violence on the field at all, but I do think, for all their talent, this team isn't always tough enough. The Cards' toughness was on display in game 6 and I think that helped fuel the Rangers' indecisiveness on the field.
I might be in the minority, but I thought using feliz in game 6 was pretty shortsighted and stupid. He had a habit of putting hitters on base and the cardinals bailed him out in game 5. I just don't understand how anyone could feel confident about him facing the middle of the order for a second or third time. I pretty much expected that outcome from his outing. What followed his appearance were the worst pitching strategies (intentionally walking pujols to pitch to berkman from his left side) and most incompetent bullpen management I've ever seen. I found it bizarre that mike adams was used so sparingly and that michael gonzalez didn't make an appearance until the end of game 7. This series was just a perfect storm of bad umpiring, bad management, and bad luck. It's sad that the better team lost.
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