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October 29, 2020

Kevin Cash and a lack of offense cost the Rays the World Series

It is not quite 24 hours since the Rays lost the 2020 World Series to the Los Angels Dodgers. A game that had one of the worst managerial moves that I have ever seen in 50 years of watching baseball.

I am still in shock.

I still can’t believe it. Blake Snell was in Cy Young form and cruising along in the sixth inning when he allowed a hit to the ninth hitter in the Dodgers order, catcher Austin Barnes.

That was it for Snell. Kevin Cash couldn’t get out of the dugout quick enough to pull Snell from the game.

The Rays were leading 1-0 at the time. Snell had given up two hits with nine strikeouts in six and third winnings.

Snell had thrown 73 pitches.

The top of the Dodgers batting order was coming up. Mookie Betts, Cory Seager, and Justin Turner. These three Dodger hitters had strikeout each time they had faced Snell in the game.

Instead of going with his gut, and the overall feel of the game, Cash consulted his computer. His computer told him to take Snell out of the game and immediately turn it over to the bullpen.

Fine. Why would you bring a guy in like Nick Anderson, who has been the worst bullpen pitcher for the Rays in the series?

All Anderson had done in the series had given up a run in seven straight outings. What kind of confidence could you have in a guy that was giving out runs like candy at Halloween?

This move backfired, and before you could blink your eyes, the Dodgers had a 2-1 lead. That was your ballgame and the World Series.

The Rays had a chance to win this game. Kevin Cash’s job as a manager is to give his team the best chance to win. He didn’t do that last night.

I don’t care how he managed during the regular season. The playoffs and the World Series must be managed differently. Cash failed to do that. It cost his team a championship.

This is another example of analytics ruining baseball. As long as Kevin Cash is the Rays manager, you will never see another complete game by a pitcher at any time during the season.

The pulling of Snell is even more perplexing when you consider that Cash allowed Tyler Glasnow to throw 112 pitches in game one

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