Blake Snell was cruising. He was through 5.1 innings. He had yet to allow a run, and had 9 strikeouts. It was 1-0 Rays. Snell allowed one single, and manager Kevein Cash saw enough. It was a head scratcher, even at the time.
Here was Snell’s reaction.
Blake Snell's reaction to getting pulled with 1 on and 1 out in the 6th. pic.twitter.com/AZyB94eoKE
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 28, 2020
Cash opted for the righty Nick Anderson, and trouble ensued.
— MLB (@MLB) October 28, 2020
After a Mookie Betts Double, Anderson threw a wild pitch to allow a run. And then there was some classic Mookie on this play. I imagine Kevin cash wanted to hide and never come back at this precise moment.
Twitter hasn’t been taking it easy on the Rays skipper.
*Blake Snell throwing six shutout innings in the biggest game of his life*
Kevin Cash: pic.twitter.com/nHDXYoaMyP
— Jake🔮 (@TroutSzn) October 28, 2020
So let me get this straight: @RaysBaseball manager Cash took out Snell, a lefty, vs Betts — who batted .218 vs lefties — to bring in a R-Hander who’s given up runs in 6-straight postseason appearances? Sound like the Manager dropped the proverbial ball on this one.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) October 28, 2020
Rays fans after Blake Snell got pulled and the Dodgers took the lead: pic.twitter.com/GwWidHo3yG
— ESPN (@espn) October 28, 2020
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Can’t believe they pull him here 💀
— Lucas Giolito (@LGio27) October 28, 2020
On one hand, this is how the #Rays roll. Unleash all the different looks in The Stable with the lead
On the other hand, they just took out a guy working on a 9-K 2-hit shutout to bring in Nick Anderson…
Who, great a year as he had, has been scored on in 6 straight appearances
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) October 28, 2020
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) October 28, 2020
2020 World Series stats
Blake Snell: 161 pitches, 10 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 18K
Tyler Glasnow: 214 pitches, 9.1 IP, 9 H, 10 ER, 9 BB, 15K
Feels like the wrong guy is on the short leash, eh?
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) October 28, 2020
Yeah, Kevin Cash may never live this one down. If the Dodgers do go on to win the World Series tonight, this is one of those moves that will define a man’s entire career.
This is Grady Little leaving Pedro in for too long in 2003, or Dusty Baker leaving Mark Prior in for too long in that same year. This is Jim Joyce blowing Armando Galarraga’s perfect game, or Pete Carroll throwing on second and goal with Marshawn Lynch at his disposal. This is that bad.
Kevin Cash may never recover.