Is the No. 1 issue stemming from the Rangers' 12-3 loss really the decision to pull Michael Young in the seventh inning with two outs, the bases loaded and the Rangers trailing 9-0? No. A thousand times no. Does it give the media something different to write about in an all-too-familiar loss. Yes.
Ron Washington conceded after the game that he wanted to rest Young and Josh Hamilton, two gigantic pieces to the Rangers' success, and get Omar Vizquel a chance to play third -- a position he's never played before but might have to because he's the utility infielder. Might as well do it in a 9-0 game.
Should Young have batted and been pulled to start the eighth? Yes. Let's say he does bat, hits a grand slam and the inning ends 9-4. Who in the Rangers' bullpen is going to keep the deficit at five runs? Jason Jennings isn't going to be used there. He's the club's most dependable right-handed reliever, and Washington doesn't want him to pitching in a five-run game. The decision had already been made that Josh Rupe was going back out for the eighth.
Also keep in mind that the Royals have four pretty good relievers to turn to when things get tight.
Worry about the pitching staff, the offense's early-season inconsistency and the one or two little mistakes each game that always seem to cost this team. Don't worry about this overblown Young thing.
-- Jeff Wilson