But who cares?
Rays manager Kevin Cash’s decision to lift a dominating Blake Snell on Tuesday night in Game 6 of the World Series will be talked about forever and add rocket fuel to the debate about the place of analytics in baseball. And the Dodgers will love hearing every word of the story, since the decision played a big part in them winning their first World Series title since 1988, a pulsating 3-1 victory at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. What made the Dodgers’ title bittersweet was third baseman Justin Turner being removed from the game after the seventh inning because of a positive COVID-19 test. Snell was cruising through 5 ¹/₃ innings in which he hadn’t given up a run, allowed two singles, didn’t issue a walk and struck out nine. Then Cash, sticking to a plan that was used very successfully throughout the 60-game regular season and the postseason, called for right-hander Nick Anderson.Dodgers win World Series after Rays’ questionable Blake Snell decision