Monday, December 15, 2003

Why I dislike Ricardo Rincon

I dislike Ricardo Rincon. His numbers with the A's really aren't all that bad. In about a year and a half, he's pitched 71 innings with a 3.21 ERA. That's fine. I can't complain about that.

BUT... his performance in the ALCS was miserable, or more accurately, made me miserable. In Game 1 of the ALDS against Boston, Rincon came in with two outs and one on in the top of the 7th inning. He promptly gave up a two-run HR to Todd Walker.

Then in game 4 at Fenway, Rincon came in to start the bottom of the sixth. He promptly gave up a HR to Todd Walker.

I suppose I could forgive RR if we won the series, but we didn't. And I guess I could forgive him if I hadn't seen the second collapse in person - but I was there in Boston for game 4, with maybe three other A's fans in the entire stadium. And I guess I could forgive Rincon if Todd Walker were some kind of home run hitting machine, but he's only hit 71 HR in his 8-year career.

Maybe it's not fair to blame Ricardo for losing the Series, but that's how I feel.

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