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To steal or not to steal? A look at Adolis Garcia’s eighth-inning out at third in 2-1 loss to Astros

(AP photo/LM Otero)


HOUSTON — Adolis Garcia was at second base — so, in scoring position — with one out in the eighth inning Saturday and one of the Rangers’ hottest hitters at the plate, Kole Calhoun.

The Rangers were down a run after Garcia had just knocked one in.

Astros right-hander Hector Nerris was paying no attention to Garcia, not even looking at him to make him think there might be a pick-off play at second.

Garcia took off for third, the pitch was a high strike, and catcher Jason Castro had a clear throwing lane (Calhoun is a left-handed hitter).

Garcia’s right arm beat the throw. The problem is, Alex Bregman’s foot blocked that hand off the base and he tagged Garcia’s left arm just before it touched the bag. A replay confirmed that initial out call, and the Rangers’ rally was dead in what became a 2-1 loss.

The decision to attempt a steal there while already in position to score on a hit mystified some fans who were watching the game.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. A Stephens May 22, 2022

    Just prior to starting his slide, it’s key that he’s looking at how Bregman is lining up for the play. If he does that, then he likely takes his closest hand to the middle or inner corner of the bag. Think he’ll see it that way on review and will get a better result next time.

    Miller, I’m a bit more disappointed with. He’s coming down the line and looks to Tucker, twice if I recall. That’s a lapse in concentration that costs a runner a half second or so, just enough to be the difference. He should know better. Keep your vision in the lane and react to what you see the defender doing.


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