Will Rhymes "very confused" by ninth-inning strategy
Count infielder Will Rhymes, who is not on the playoff roster, among those questioning the moves after Saturday's Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
He posted the following on Twitter:
"I turned the game off when danny ran for santi, they are the same speed at best. Very confused. Ill check the box tomorrow"
Here's the situation he was talking about: Ramon ("Santi") Santiago, the starter at second base, got on in the ninth inning with a bunt single. As he represented the tying run, the Tigers had Danny Worth pinch run for him at first one out later. Worth, another infielder, was added to the roster when Delmon Young had to be left off for this round, because of an oblique injury.
The validity of the strategy became moot when Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz struck out the side — getting pinch hitter Wilson Betemit, followed by Austin Jackson and Ryan Raburn.
UPDATE: Rhymes sent out a clarifying tweet shortly after noon on Sunday.
"Some of you guys need to lighten up. It is so stressful for me watching these games, sometimes I just have to turn them off."