First off, I want to congratulate the Dodgers for finally getting it done. It only took a global pandemic that forced the MLB to create a season out of band-aids. But hey, at least you can finally call yourselves World Series champions.
Onto more important matters. Kevin fucking Cash. When I wrote my World Series preview, I gave the Rays an edge because I thought Cash would make the right calls at the right time. NOPE! Instead, he made me look like an absolute fool with one of the worst decisions ever.
I've recently opened up to analytics. I finally accepted the fact that numbers are going to be a huge part of every sport in this analytically driven world we live in. How do you take Blake Snell out in that situation? I mean, I'm just flabbergasted by the move. Who cares what the nerds say. Keep your horse out there, especially if he only gave up two hits all night. Cash needs to reveal the numbers to justify his decision.
Did he pull Snell out because the top of the order was coming up? That can't be right, considering Betts, Seager, and Turner were 0-6 with 6 strikeouts. Maybe his pitch count? No, can't be that either because he only had 73 pitches. Just a championship changing decision that can't happen.
Let's go back to playing baseball without numbers. I want to see aces go deep into games and not have a calculator make every decision for them. Let the managers put their balls on the table. Trust your players to make plays instead of trying to manipulate the game with numbers. I can't say this enough, it was an all-time terrible decision.
Again, congrats to the Dodgers. Kershaw finally gets the monkey off his back with his first ring. The Mookie Betts trade was clearly the best thing to ever happened to the Dodgers organization. Let the Dodgers fans enjoy this one because we all know they would've choked it away if they played 162 games. It was almost as if this whole season was loser-proof for them. At the end of the day they were the best team in baseball and deservedly won this year's World Series.
That wraps up the MLB season, which seemed faster than the blink of an eye. I'm not sure how Kevin Cash recovers from this, but my heart goes out to Blake Snell. He threw one of the best games I've seen from a pitcher this season. An unfortunate decision that robbed fans of a game 7.
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