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Thursday 19th Oct 2017

The other day, Perry Van Hook asked me to ask Ron Washington why the manager did not go to the hill during Matt Harrison's rough outing last Tuesday, while the left-hander was getting knocked around the park.

Well, yesterday I was working the Rangers/Athletics game, and I found Wash, having just done his stint throwing batting practice. I asked Wash that very question.

"The catcher went out to talk to him a number of times," the Rangers manager noted, and continued with "It's the first inning. If I go out there that early, it puts more pressure on Matt in a situation where he already feels pressured. So, he has to do well, and, well, if he doesn't, I cannot go out there again or I lose my starter in the first inning and I am already working with a pen that is not at full strength. So, I have to really plan it right when I go to the hill. Under those circumstances, it was not time yet."

So there you have it, straight from the Wash's mouth.


0 #7 Lawr Michaels 2011-05-02 13:50
ah kid, thank you for a mythical reference. i knew we have the most literate readers around!

as i wrote perry, i don't disagree with the comments, and, there is a little truth to todd's comment about leaving a pitcher out there to work out of a jam.

but, i thought the important thing to note were wash's thoughts about when to go out.

it is easy for us to all be brilliant coaches and managers after the fact, but, if we second guess our fantasy moves, which i know we all do, i suspect we would second guess were we big league managers, too.
0 #6 John Verdello 2011-05-02 12:05
I've owned him off and on since he was with the Braves - talk about the myth of Sisyphus - only in his case the rock doesn't get halfway up the hill before rolling back down.

I am very much afraid that the first four weeks of the season were an anomaly for him rather than a breakout - and we are now seeing him revert to the Harrison he truly is - AAAA with loads of potential but missing something.
0 #5 Perry Van Hook 2011-05-01 23:16
Well at least they/Maddux made an earlier visit today....the problem was Harrison was just NOT hitting the spots he or the catcher wanted....if you don't have command both in and out of the strike zone you won't be successful against major league hitters. Sorry for Matt his/my ERA and hopeful that somehow he can get back on track before he pitches his way out of the rotation
0 #4 John Verdello 2011-05-01 22:41
Hmmm ...wonder what sort of pressure he was under TODAY?
0 #3 John Verdello 2011-05-01 13:48
Interesting - given, this is one man's interpretation but you have a pitcher who is experiencing his first sustained success at the major league level. He's having a bad first inning and he's feeling pressure? Is Washington saying that THIS is how the kid handles adversity? The catcher was out "a number of times"? Given this set of circumstances, there's a red flag aborning.
0 #2 Todd Zola 2011-04-30 17:41
I wonder if Nolan Ryan's influence had anything to do with it. Maybe this was a way to test the kid, to see how he handles rough times after enjoying some good ones. What exactly is Wash supposed to say? I know Washington's handling of a pitching staff has often been questioned but personally I don't pass judgment on these things either way so I am neither backing nor criticizing he move, just offering the possibility that maybe Wash did not want to get a call from Ryan after the game, saying next time let the kid tough it out.
0 #1 Perry Van Hook 2011-04-30 16:57
Sorry, I know he is your buddy Lawr and I like him too, but I call BS on that pat answer. The catcher obviously couldn't help calm him down and frankly I don't think went out there more than once. Mike Maddux DID go out there but it was too LATE - why not make the trip earlier and then let him fight through the rest of the inning. He is right that going out the second time would have necessitated a change BUT the point is you don't want to get to that point.

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