May 6, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux (31) talks with starting pitcher Robbie Ross (46) and catcher J.P. Arenibia (7) in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Double Switch – Rangers Style

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As a fan of the American League, there are a whole lot of things I don’t like about the National Leagues style of play. Pitchers hitting is the main one, but another one that I am not a big fan of is the double switch. Last night, Ron Washington decided to pull off a double switch by taking out Rougned Odor, who by the way was having a great defensive game, and replace him with Luis Sardinas, who did not have a good defensive or offensive game.

I understand that the Rangers are playing in a National League park, but that does not mean that they have to pull off a double switch just for the heck of it. I don’t believe that the Rangers would have come back and won the game if they would have left Odor in, but I saw no point to taking out Rougned Odor at that point of the game except for the fact that Ron could. I see no other explanation. He was trying to show the world that he understands the concept of the double switch.

While I am all for productive moves during baseball games, that one was not. I don’t complain about Ron Washington’s moves very often, there are plenty of people out there that have that covered, I thought last nights double switch was kind of dumb. Okay, I am done ranting (for now).



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  • Lee Stitzel

    Wash actually used the double switch at the right time. The pitcher’s spot was due up to lead off the inning. The double switch allowed the pitcher’s spot in the batting order to be pushed back several spots. I can’t recall exactly how many but I thought it was six or seven spots. Obviously, your points are still valid. Choosing to pull Odor may have been a big mistake and Sardinas is not a much of an offensive threat.

    • Ben Dieter

      good point Lee. He did use it at the right time, I just didn’t like Odor being replaced! I guess I just personally don’t like the double switch, so my opinion was biased!