When appropriate, Big League Stew reviews key decisions to see if the right one was made.
The Turning Point: Once the Texas Rangers took a 2-0 series lead against the Tampa Bay Rays by winning both games at St. Petersburg, they had a chance to advance to the ALCS in front of their home crowd. Rangers left-handers Cliff Lee(notes) in Game 1 and C.J. Wilson(notes) in Game 2 combined to limit the Rays to one run. In addition, Lee had 10 strikeouts, no walks (as usual) and allowed five hits.
Before the series began, Rangers manager Ron Washington set up a four-man starting rotation — with right-handers Colby Lewis(notes) and Tommy Hunter(notes) filling it out at Texas. Lewis was OK in Game 3 — though he lasted just five innings and the Rays eventually got to the Rangers' bullpen. Hunter lasted just four innings before being lifted and the Rays won again to tie the series and send it back to Tropicana Field to be settled.
The Question: Should the Rangers have altered their plans and usedRead More »from The Second Guess: Should Texas have started Cliff Lee on Sunday?