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Its ridiculous that it got to that point. Bad bullpensmanship.
Also, am I the only that has mixed emotions about that Gentry catch? Sure, it was awesome that he pulled it off. But the runners would have been going on contact, and he didn't exactly have world class athletes backing him up. If he misses that catch- and there was a good chance that he would- that could have been the walk off hit. Might have been smarter to play that a little more conservative. Glad as hell he made the catch, though.
Gentry's play took huge balls. He gambled and it paid off. I have no problem with him doing that.
What I do have a problem with is Kirkman not doing the job asked of him. Then I was really pissed when Joe had to come in. I hate being a slave to "save" situations. Joe had to throw 20 pitches to get a fucking out....I don't know why you even use him there.
I'm glad he went for it. That game was slipping away and I think if he would have pulled up on it, they would've ended up losing.
Nathan scares me. I know he's perfect in save situations, but he hasn't looked great, topping out at like 91 and struggling to put people away. It looks like he's trying to get through one inning with #3 or #4 starter pitching stuff.
Why's Jeff Baker in left in the 9th inning, Wash?
Coylio is right. Baker had no business being out there - it should have been Leonys Martin or David Murphy. Already a sore spot for Ranger fans - not fielding your best defensive outfield in the bottom of the 9th is simply incompetent.
Damn black managers
stupid managers come in all colors. stupidity does not have a race attached to it. There was no excuse for that blunder for sure with a 4 run lead.
we did have our best outfielder in center, and that, my friends, has made all the difference:
love this shot
You keep expecting Washington to get better. Give up on this and hope we score 10 runs a game so he does not matter.
It's a love/ hate relationship with Wash. He maintains a good clubhouse atmosphere yet lacks critical in-game management skills.
My desire is for someone to replace Jackie Moore and help Wash with these decisions. Wash said he didn't put Murph/ Martin in LF because he blew threw his bench and wouldn't have anyone else to play an IF spot if Baker was taken out... to which I reply, you play to win the game, not to worry about contingencies.
Gentry already said it wasn't a full all or nothing dive. He said he wouldn't have dove if he wasn't 100% sure he would catch it. Glad he did.
Won game. Don't care.
There are dives that you know you're gonna catch, dives that are 50/50, and dives that really don't have much of a chance. Most diving catches are relatively routine for a good and athletic outfielder. That dive gets caught by Gentry 10 times out of 10. Diving catches look great, but get overplayed as to some of their difficulty. Obviously some are truly amazing catches, but that was fairly easy for him.
Best part of the game was Holland. Pitched a great game.
@Brian key phrase: "for him". That was an "easy" catch for him. I've seen him make a lot harder catches. But in terms of everything running through his mind at that point ("gotta catch this ball", "if I miss this, the ballgame is over"), it amps up the difficulty a tad. But I agree with your sentiment about "diving" catches. Lots of times guys dive because it's easier than trying to catch it at their shoelaces. It just gets their bodies in a better position. But there are some catches that are all-out spectacular diving plays (see Ben Revere from Monday diving away from home plate, full extension).
TL;DR: Good analysis. Gentry is a very good, extremely smart fielder. Doesn't dive if he can't make the catch. Notice he caught the ball like a foot or so off of the ground and his glove never touches the grass.
he should get w baker on his technique. gentry is a great defensive outfielder. If anyone was going to get that ball it was him.
"Easy for him" ???
He missed one just like that a few games back. He didn't miss it because he lacks skill. He missed it because it is hard.
"10 for 10" ???
He's 1 for 2 this week.
Great play Craig! Hope his bat heats up a little because he's a hell of an asset in the field.
Yes, that was easy for him. Above avg CFers across the league all catch that ball if positioned the same.
God damn the whining on here
To me Wash did something right, that he frequently doesn't do last night. He used his bench and paid attention to platoon splits with either Murphy or Moreland. I give him a lot of credit for using Baker correctly to start the game last night. I probably would have considered putting him in for Moreland as opposed to Murphy, though it could really have just been time to get Murphy a day off.
Where Wash messed up was about three places. First we had a 1-0 lead when he pinch hit for Dutch in the 8th. Garcia was called on, that was a good call at that point, because Wood was still up so we needed someone to hit right handed. My thoughts though is that is a great place for a double switch. Garcia is a better fielder anywhere on the diamond then Baker is. If you are really worried about defense then you might as well go there. It means that you have to PH for the pitcher again later, and pretty much have a bench of Soto, Berkman, and two LH OF. You still have the chance to use a RH or a LH hitter for the pitcher, even without using Berkman. To me that was his first mistake. The second mistake was being to scared about what might happen if we blew a 4 run lead then trying to protect the 4 run lead and get out of the game. Martin should have been left in the game, if Garcia wasn't in the game earlier.
Once again , you expect Washington to do something that takes baseball smarts. Ain't going to happen. He struggles just making pitching changes, much less managing the rest of the game. Now he can chew seeds like a ball player, but beyond that he is just a figure head.
Well you know he's black-Right?
Last Sunday, Rangers trail Mariners 4-3 in 8th, runners on the corners with 2 outs. Why doesn't Kinsler bat for Soto? Soto is lifetime 2-2 against Oliver Perez you say. As shitty of a hitter as Soto is, what are the odds that he goes 3-3? Aint gonna happen.
Of course Soto fails and Rangers lose.
More worthless posts by JD. Basement cunt.
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