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Second-Guessing Washington

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You know how people talk about some players being such good batters they could step up to the plate in the middle of January and get a hit? Esteban German is not one of those guys.

True, German did hit for a far higher batting average during the regular season than Yorvit Torrealba (.455 to .273). Then again, pitcher Alexi Ogando had a higher batting average than either of them (.500). So I'm still mystified by Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington's costly pinch-hitting decision in the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.

Here was the situation. The Rangers trailed by a run and had runners at first and second with two out in the seventh inning and Ogando due to bat against left-handed St. Louis reliever Marc Rzepczynski. The game was on the line. So despite Ogando's 1-for-2 record as a batter during the season,...

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