Rays fans are getting twitchy over Kevin Cash’s decision to once again pull a starter early.
You could forgive Tampa Bay Rays fans to be a bit jumpy on Saturday night.
They were ahead 3-0 in the ALCS over the Houston Astros only to give away their advantage by losing the next three games, necessitating a decisive Game 7.
How’d they find themselves in this position? Some would blame manager Kevin Cash for not giving Blake Snell a longer leash when he was pitching a shutout in Game 6.
Well, Cash is going all-in on the strategy again on Saturday night, pulling Charlie Morton in the middle of a shutout.
Kevin Cash’s pitching decisions for the Rays are driving fans crazy
Morton pitched 5.2 innings with just two hits, no runs and six strikeouts. He’d only thrown 66 pitches. That didn’t stop Cash from taking him off the mound in the most important game of Tampa Bays’ season so far.
Some name-calling may have ensued.
There was legitimate analysis over the Ray’s reliance on their scripts.
The interesting part is how clearly pitching decisions vary from coach to coach.
Even current pros like Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen weighed in.
Houston fans loved it.
We’ll see if they get the last laugh or if it’s Cash who gets to strut into the World Series with his bullpen closing out the series.
The winner of Saturday’s game will go onto the World Series to face either the Dodgers or Braves.