Its Time to Consider Letting Washington Go From Rangers

Ryan MetcalfAnalyst IAugust 15, 2009

PHOENIX - JUNE 23:  Manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers looks on during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 23, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Few things in baseball really get me upset, but tonight was definitely one of them. The same instance didn't happen once, not twice, but more than three times in one game.

All of them are the fault of manager Ron Washington. I'm now on board to really consider firing him.

Time and time again Washington has shown he can't manage the pitching staff or manage the bullpen. I don't mind if a mistake happens here and there or once in a game, but there's no excuse for not taking out a pitcher who is not pitching well. 

I'm now convinced reliever Eddie Guardado is finally done. He's given up to many game-changing plays this season. If the fans in the stadium know it, the manager better know it too.

Sure enough like clockwork, Guardado gives up a home run to tie the game.

That's one mistake Ron Washington made.

The Rangers' offense was lucky enough to come back to take the lead once again, only to see Ron Washington mismanage the staff again.

I understand a blown save is going to happen every once in awhile. That's part of the game.

What I don't understand is what happened before and after the blown save.

Frank Francisco was clearly not pitching well, and it was easy for me to spot what appeared to be low velocity on his fastball.

I'm not mad at Washington for keeping Francisco in with bad stuff. A closer is supposed to battle through with bad stuff.

Its only after Francisco blew the save and continued to get pounded to the tune of six runs before Washington pulled him. Any fan in the stadium knew he wasn't pitching well, but Washington continued to leave him in.

If a pitcher doesn't have the stuff and the game is on the line, he has to be pulled. No questions asked.

There were plenty of chances to pull Francisco after he gave up the save, before the flood gates came open.

It would be a much different bottom of the ninth only down one or two runs, instead of four.

I don't mind losing, but it's tough to swallow losing a game to bad management.

If the Rangers do make the playoffs, I don't feel comfortable with Washington making pitching decisions in close games.

He's messed up way too many times in his tenure with the Rangers.