Now that the Los Angeles Dodgers have won their first World Series in just over three decades, Giants fans have an easy scapegoat for the loss of their favorite trivia-based trash talk.
Facing elimination in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash pulled starter Blake Snell after allowing his second hit on 73 pitches in the bottom of the sixth inning with immediately disastrous results. The Rays' one-run lead quickly gave way to a 2-1 deficit and, ultimately, a 3-1 loss.
— MLB (@MLB) October 28, 2020
The Dodgers lost Game 4 in excruciating fashion, but that can't compare to the life-comes-at-you-fast gut punch Cash and the Rays felt Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Tex. Snell was dealing, holding the top of the Dodgers' order hitless through 5 1/3 innings.
Twitter, predictably, showed no mercy.
Kevin Cash running out of the dugout to take Blake Snell out of the game after only 73 pitches:pic.twitter.com/WdOZAQjqbR
— SNY (@SNYtv) October 28, 2020
Kevin Cash when a pitcher actually starts getting into his rhythm pic.twitter.com/2hN41SQQ9G
— Keaton (@Schennorris) October 28, 2020
Dave Roberts: “I’m probably the worst at managing a game”
Kevin Cash: pic.twitter.com/8PTlvIEMGa
— 𝘉𝘳𝘺𝘢𝘯🧃 (@CoIdAid) October 28, 2020
blake snell waiting for kevin cash after the game like pic.twitter.com/524fDpq8z9
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) October 28, 2020
Kevin Cash? Folks, I call him Kevin Bitcoin cuz I have no idea how it works.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) October 28, 2020
Kevin Cash rivaling Quibi for worst decision of the year
— Morning Brew ☕️ (@MorningBrew) October 28, 2020
The Rays: *take Blake Snell out the game*
The Dodgers: pic.twitter.com/4bzBHwIsqP
— The Ringer (@ringer) October 28, 2020
It's almost as if WE ALL SAW THIS COMING!!!!!
— Brian Witt (@Wittnessed) October 28, 2020
Kevin Cash explaining why pulling Snell was the correct move pic.twitter.com/scAfNbgBUS
— Andrew Claudio (@AndrewJClaudio_) October 28, 2020
Snell was due up to face the Dodgers' top hitters for a third time. He had struck out each of LA's top three hitters twice, as well as clean-up hitter Max Muncy once. Starting pitchers, typically, perform worse on their third time through the order, and the Rays under Cash have been proponents of the strategy.
Given how well Snell was pitching, the decision was questionable, to say the least.
Remember... computers get viruses. Computers glitch too. I feel like if you’re into data, the 0-6 with 6 strikeouts vs the 1-2-3 hitters & 0-8 with 7 strikeouts vs 1-2-3-4 hitters is a fairly important piece of data to consider in REAL time. https://t.co/QDrmgwEoJy
— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) October 28, 2020
I've always remembered what Tim Hudson said after the Nationals pulled Jordan Zimmermann in Game 2: "I was pretty happy he wasn't out there anymore. They could have brought Sandy Koufax in and we probably would have had smiles on our faces."
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) 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
Plenty of current and former players used their platforms to channel the scouts speaking to Billy Beane in "Moneyball," but far more amusing banter emerged in the form of tweets best described as Bruce Bochy Would Never. The ex-Giants manager, of course, called on former San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner to pitch five innings out of the bullpen on short rest.
Behold, tweeters channeling their inner Greg Cote.
Bruce Bochy on his couch at home watching Kevin Cash manage this game. pic.twitter.com/aJ5oR5VgJt
— LOLKNBR (@LOLKNBR) October 28, 2020
The Rays need to hire Bruce Bochy. Good Lord this is ridiculous.
— Tylor (@thatguytylor) October 28, 2020
thank the heavens for Bruce Bochy
— Andy Liu (@AndyKHLiu) October 28, 2020
Bochy’s reaction to Kevin Cash pulling Snell pic.twitter.com/vOFfWrI9m1
— Jerry (@norcalpunkman) October 28, 2020
Take heart, Giants fans. There's always Even Year nostalgia to wash down the taste of the Dodgers ending their championship drought.