ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers plays against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 28, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mitch Moreland
Mitch Moreland is a fun guy to watch play the game of baseball.
He works pitchers, sees a lot of pitches and when he's feeling it, he can be a big part of a lineup.
But right now, Moreland has to sit, and it appears he will.
Ron Washington said after Monday night's thrilling 7-3 walkoff win that Moreland will sit in tonight's Game 3 while Michael Young will play at first base, Mike Napoli will DH and Yorvit Torrealba will catch.
Washington said he needs to get Young a game in the field and Torrealba into the lineup for the first time since Game 1 of the ALDS.
Or possibly Moreland just has to be taken out of the lineup.
He's gone 2-for-17 in the postseason with a home run in Game 2 of the ALDS and was extremely painful to watch on Monday night.
Moreland, who is hitting ninth in the order, went down swinging in his first three at-bats and came up in the biggest of big situations in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and one out in a 3-3 game.
It would've been better if Moreland had fanned again and let Ian Kinsler try to win the game, but instead he grounded into a double play to end the inning and a bases-loaded, no-outs threat to send the game to extra innings.
There's no question that Moreland is the best glove the Rangers have at first base, but even that failed him on Monday night as he committed the Rangers' only error.
So don't be surprised if this benching to get other guys some time in the field, or some rest, or some at-bats is instead a benching for the remainder of the series.