Sunday, April 18, 2004

Rod Barajas???? 

How can Buck Showalter justify having the Rangers' worst offensive players, Rod Barajas, hit in the bottom of the 9th?

He sent Eric Young up to hit for Laynce Nix, and he sent Perry up to hit for Adrian Gonzalez (who looked completely overmatched all day). But he let Barajas, positioned between Nix and Gonzalez, hit?

Barajas is a horrible, horrible hitter. Career .198 EQA. A 455 OPS coming into this game (where he went 0 for 3 with a walk).

And Gerald Laird, who has been red-hot so far, posting a 945 OPS, is available on the bench.

Buck should have let Nix hit instead of Barajas, or should have had Laird hit for Barajas. Failing to make either move is inexcusable, and it is another example of Buck putting way too much faith in "veteran experience" and the value of "his guys".

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