Britton questions Kevin Cash's decision to pull Blake Snell originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
During Game 6 of the World Series, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash decided to pull Rays starter Blake Snell in the sixth inning with his club up 1-0.
The move, which was analytics-based -- a philosophy Tampa Bay has bought into all season long -- backfired. The Dodgers would score two runs in the bottom half off reliever Nick Anderson and take the lead in what could be the closeout game for Los Angeles.
Cash's decision was scrutinized on Twitter by several people, including former Orioles closer Zach Britton. The one emoji says it all.
The shrug from Britton also is a reference to the 2016 Wild Card game. In that matchup, then-O's manager Buck Showalter made the bold decision to keep Britton on the bench in a 2-2 game in extra innings. Instead, he electing to pitch Ubaldo Jiménez.
Jiménez would give up three runs in the bottom of the 11th without recording an out, as the Toronto Blue Jays would walk-off Baltimore and head on to the next round. The move meant Britton, who finished fourth in Cy Young voting in 2016 with a 0.54 ERA and 47 saves, never pitched in the one-game winner-take-all game.
Showalter's decision still is one Orioles fans lose sleep over, even four years later. For Rays fans, let's hope Cash's decision on Tuesday isn't a repeat of such.