ARLINGTON, Texas -- According to baseball’s unwritten rules, there is a right and wrong way to play a game with a big lead like the Texas Rangers enjoyed in Friday’s 12-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Rangers manager Ron Washington in his pregame media conference Saturday shared his thoughts on strategy with a big lead.
The key takeaway is a 9-0 lead -- like the Rangers enjoyed in the third inning Friday -- is too early to let off the gas.
"I’m not going to wait around until they catch up to open up our arsenal again," Washington said.
As the manager pointed out, a lot can happen in the six remaining innings.
"A grand slam and they are back in the game."
The manager said he wants his players to keep playing the game. That means score when they have a chance and go from first to third on a base hit if the opportunity is there.
But a concession to a big lead could be not starting a runner, something he might do in a close game, as a defense against a double play.
Defensively, a concession could be for his first baseman to play behind an opponent’s baserunner rather than hold the runner, giving up the second base.
Substitutions have to be limited. The Rangers' bench consists of only four position players.