Texas Rangers: Key stat

Miguel Cabrera taught Ron Washington a valuable lesson in the AL Championship Series: It's better to intentionally walk a dangerous hitter than to give up a game-changing hit.

So don't expect Albert Pujols to get anything to hit in a key situation for the rest of the World Series.

Washington gave Pujols three intentional passes in Game 5, including one in the seventh inning with the bases empty. In the process, Washington became the first manager in World Series history to intentionally walk a batter with the bases empty before the eighth inning.

Actually, only Atlanta's Bobby Cox in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series and St. Louis' Eddie Dyer in Game 5 of the 1946 World Series had ever issued four intentional walks in a game.

Each lost.

No worries, Washington's decisions worked out just fine.

And he can thank Cabrera for the strategy. Twice, the Rangers' pitching staff allowed hits to Cabrera in situations when they were supposed to pitch around him.

In a nail-biter, Washington didn't want to risk any mistake pitches to a hitter who became the third person in World Series history to hit three homers in one game a couple of days ago.
The Rangers didn't just get hammered on the scoreboard, St. Louis decimated their seven-man bullpen.

The Rangers' bullpen threw a whopping 117 pitches. We may see the residue of that for the next two games.

If Derek Holland doesn't go deep into Game 4 on Sunday, Ron Washington and Mike Maddux will have to use duct tape as a bridge to Mike Adams in the eighth and Neftali Feliz in the ninth.

Don't expect to see Alexi Ogando, who threw 35 pitches in the sixth inning when he yielded four runs. Mark Lowe threw 23 pitches and might only be good for a batter or two. The same goes for Mike Gonzalez, usually a left-handed specialist, who threw 19 pitches.

Scott Feldman, the long man in the bullpen, threw 24 pitches.

The bullpen is a mess. The series is in jeopardy.

The Rangers need Holland to rescue them.

Key stat: Rays win when scoring 5 runs

September, 30, 2011
9/30/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rays, who win with pitching and defense, won for the 31st consecutive time when they score at least five runs.

They have to create offense with the AL’s best running attack and timely hits.

So when they have an offensive explosion, so to speak, they’re impossible to beat as of late.

The Rays extended their winning streak when they score at least five runs to 31 games with a 9-0 win over the Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS. Texas is 0-4 against the Rays this season when allowing five runs or more.

Guess this is more than coincidence.

The Rays’ popgun attack generated runs with three homers off C.J. Wilson, who had allowed only 16 homers in 223.1 innings this season.

The series is hardly over, but we now know the Rangers have no shot in games the Rays score at least five runs.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.97 142 115
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .336
HRA. Beltre 12
RBIA. Beltre 49
RE. Andrus 49
OPSA. Beltre .912
ERAY. Darvish 2.97
SOY. Darvish 142