Kevin Cash took out Blake Snell after throwing just over 70 pitches
Cash isn’t afraid to go to his bullpen, but he might’ve pulled the trigger a tad too early in Game 6 of the World Series. It’s an all too common predicament in today’s game, as starting pitchers are being relied upon less than ever to go deep into ballgames. Despite Snell throwing 73 pitches and giving up just two hits on the night, Cash removed arguably his best starting pitcher after giving up a base hit to the No. 9 hitter in the Dodgers lineup.
With the top of the order coming up, Cash didn’t want to risk a potentially beleaguered Snell falling apart against the likes of Mookie Betts and Corey Seager. As it turns out, Cash couldn’t have been more wrong, and the Rays lead was squandered in a matter of minutes.
MLB Twitter came after Cash for his boneheaded decision
Cash will have to answer for his tough call, which could very well cost the Rays their season. Baseball is a game of inches, and every step Cash took towards the mound was another foot away from victory and the chance to force a Game 7.
It’s easy to overthink Cash’s decision, but blaming such a thought on analytics as a whole is a bit of a stretch. Sure, Cash taking Snell out on such short notice was a mistake. He should’ve given him one more batter at least given his resume of success thus far in Game 6.
Still, MLB analytics has advanced the game further than we ever thought possible. The Rays are a testament of that, even if it got the best of them in this case. In the end, Cash and Snell will have to answer for this decision postgame, and it might not be pretty.