RON WASHINGTON ANGERS DAILY FANTASY PLAYERS
Daily Fantasy players on DraftKings really hate Marwin Gonzalez and Ron Washington after Tuesday. They likely are curling their lips more at the latter than the former, though.
Gonzalez, of course, is the guy who broke up Yu Darvish’s no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning. Reviewing the DraftKings scoring system for pitchers, that hit cost Darvish five points, which is awarded for a no-hitter. Then, the Texas manager took away another five points from those who used Darvish, as he removed him with one out left in the game. DraftKings players get 2.5 points each for a complete game and a complete game shutout. Darvish still scored 50.9 points on DraftKings, but it could have been even more, making a big difference between where you finished in the prize pool. The Gonzalez hit was no shock, but Washington seems to be an even bigger villain this morning. He could have let Darvish at least finish, he deserved that. It’s not like Darvish was going to blow or even let the Astros cut into a 7-0 lead at all with one out left. Darvish earned the right to finish, and one or two more batters was not going to significantly bump up the starter’s pitch count anymore. RotoExperts’ Mike Damergis often says Washington looks like Woody, Aunt Esther’s alcoholic husband on Sanford and Son. Seems like was certainly drunk when making the move.
Washington told reporters afterwards that he had Darvish’s longer-term well-being in mind when pulling him, and Darvish said afterwards that it really did not bother him that he did not toss a complete game, saying a win is a win and he was already fatigued and thinking ahead to being physically ready for his next start. Darvish recently dealt with a stiff neck, but he was already at 111 pitches. Realistically, how many more pitches was he going to throw? By that point, it was not seemingly going to make a major difference in the end. If Darvish was pulled in the eighth inning after giving up a hit, I would not be crowing about this at all. But I do this for the Daily Fantasy players out there who were robbed of significant points by Ron Washington. Sure, his team comes first, and I don’t expect he or Darvish to care about our Fantasy squads. But I can say it would have been the honorable thing to do, and Daily Fantasy players would have naturally benefitted.
Last June at Citi Field, I saw Terry Collins sweat through whether or not to pull Johan Santana during the first no-hitter in New York Mets history. Santana’s season ended soon after, as he had some bumpy starts after the memorable performance. But those in the know didn’t simply attribute Santana’s early finish to the season to the no-hitter, as he suffered an ankle injury right before his year was cut short. Santana did have three wins after the no-hitter and he truly did not start looking consistently bad until he injured the ankle. His re-injuring of the shoulder this year can only be tied to the no-hitter via blanket speculation.
Collins ultimately did the right thing by not removing Santana, as Johan’s season likely would have ended early anyway with the overall state of his health. Darvish did not have any such major concerns, so Washington should have let him finish. That’s the beauty of Daily Fantasy Sports, when we virtual managers can passionately second-guess the real guys.
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