Could the Rangers have tried any harder to lose that game? Elvis trying to score on a double, which if he had stopped at third would've left the Rangers tied with runners on second and third and NO OUT? Washington calling for a squeeze with a runner at third and NO OUT and Elvis, MY and Josh due up? Two infield errors in one inning to lose the game?
If you don't want to win the division, please let us know to save us all the time caring about it.
I know, but I would like to put enough nails in the Angels coffin that even if Trout hits .500 they won't catch the Rangers.
I give Washington a lot of leeway, I know that a number of people here like to trash the guy, but say what you will, under his reign of terror(ifying) decisions, the Rangers have improved every season and made it to the World Series twice, and remain atop the AL West, despite the Angels having discovered the reincarnation of Mantle and Maris.
But . . .
. . . that squeeze call was unbelievably bad. Unconscionably bad. Couldn't someone - anyone - have said "Are you out of your mind?"
I've been here since 2010. Warning, though: you aren't a "real fan" if you question Ron Washington, supposedly.
I look at the squeeze call as RW subconsciously thinking, "Let's get one here, because with MY and JH coming up, I just don't feel real confident." The Rangers have had a very high success rate with the squeeze play, and with the count 2-1, RW would have thought that Elvis would get a strike, or almost certainly something he could get a bat on, and MY is incapable of bunting, so........................
can't believe RW was critical of Elvis for not trying harder to get contact on a ball that bounced in the dirt. What did he expect him to do, throw his body to the ground and try to block the ball in the dirt?
According to his comments, I'd say yes, he expected him to do that. Which would have been interference... sigh.
Elvis has become one of the best hitters in the league this year, and Wash continues to treat him like a pitcher who's up to bat.
"Elvis has become one of the best hitters in the league this year, and Wash continues to treat him like a pitcher who's up to bat."
I agree. Elvis seems to be the only player that Wash tends to try and disipline and, critique on a regular basis. There are plenty of others that need that way more than Elvis does.