SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28: Manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers walks to the mound in the eighth inning while taking on the San Francisco Giants in Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 28 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
That's not the way we were hoping the first two games of the World Series would go.
That being said, the Rangers are coming back to Arlington, and have three at home to get themselves back on track.
Jeff Caplan writes about C.J.'s blister and the bullpen meltdown.
The S-T's notes talk about Ron Washington's decision not to play Vladimir Guerrero yesterday, which Wash says had nothing to do with Guerrero's defense in right field, and Nolan Ryan's desire to see uniform rules with the DH eliminated.
Evan Grant writes about the decision not to play Vlad yesterday, suggesting that it was a mistake, saying the Ranger offense only works with Vlad hitting cleanup, and implies that Nelson Cruz isn't able to hit while batting 4th.
Gil Lebreton has a column on the Rangers' poor showing thusfar in the World Series.
Randy Galloway piles on in a column this morning, and also talks about Cliff Lee possibly starting Game 4. The problem with starting Lee in Game 4, though, is that it means you're just bumping the Tommy Hunter start to Game 5, unless you want to start C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis on short rest, as well. Using Lee in Game 4 doesn't make sense, and hopefully, people won't spend the next two days harping on it.
Meanwhile, in Ron Washington's post-game press conference, someone in the media (I'm not sure who -- they aren't identified) claims that he's "been told previously that Lee was not going to go on short rest for anybody, and it was his decision." Wash deflects the question, of course, but I'd be curious to know who is saying that.
Tim Cowlishaw's column focuses on the bullpen meltdown in the 8th inning.
Neftali Feliz was apparently available last night, but the Rangers just chose not to use him.
Kevin Sherrington writes about the Ranger offense suddenly being MIA.