Nats angry, but not blaming the umpires at World Series


There is a reason umpires don't wear names on the back of their uniforms: Nobody should know their names. 

Well, after Game 5 of the World Series, everybody in Washington knows home plate umpire Lance Barksdale's name now.

Lance Barksdale should be shown these pitch graphs and have to answer to them afterwards

— Pete Medhurst (@PeteMedhurst) October 28, 2019

However, the players and Washington Nationals manager Davey Martinez, once off the field, were not going to join the chorus of boos for Barksdale.

“You know what, I will not ever sit here and criticize an umpire," Martinez said. “I’ve known Lance for a very long time and he’s really good. And that’s all I’m going to say about it. I’m not going to sit here — I know there were some choice words, but that’s just in the heat of the moment. They’re doing their job, and they do it really well. That’s why they’re an umpire in the World Series.”

Of course, before you feel too bad for Barksdale, take another look at these calls.

Ump doesn't call strike three. Tells Gomes he was taking off on him. Gomes replies 'Oh it's my fault?"Then Martinez kindly asks the up to wake up because its the World Series.

— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) October 28, 2019

Pitch 5 called a ball. Should have been a K. People will get upset and pretend I'm saying umps are costing the Nats games. I'm not doing that. Their not playing well or hitting.But they have been on the wrong end of way more balls and strike botches last 3 nights. Just a fact.

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 28, 2019

Oh, that is a very bad miss. Baksdale claims Nationals catcher Yan Gomes jumped out and blocked his view, to which Gomes replied, "Oh, it's my fault?"

"Wake up!" was the call from Martinez.

In the bottom of the 7th with a runner on first, Victor Robles thought he worked a 3-2 walk on a fastball that was clearly a few inches off the plate. Key word: Thought. 

Victor Robles was just the victim of another blown call by Lance Barksdale#WorldSeries

— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) October 28, 2019

Robles was exceptionally angry.

Victor Robles threw his helmet and gloves towards HP umpire Lance Barksdale after he rung him up on a high strike. Barksdale signaled at him (Robles will probably be fined.) Davey Martinez going crazy in the dugout.

— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) October 28, 2019

And rightly so. Bring on the robot umpires?

Pitch 6 just changed 2 on and 2 out to inning ender.You keep telling me these calls are good for the game. And while you're doing it KICK EVERY ROCK from here to El Paso.Human error means WRONG. Not cute or fun.

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 28, 2019

That's not a good call by Lance Barksdale. Yikes.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 28, 2019

The Nationals would go on to drop Game 5, 7-1, and are down 3-2 in the Series.

Pitcher Sean Doolittle said it was frustrating, but part of the game.

“It can be frustrating when you’re not getting borderline calls and then you see some borderline calls go the other way. But that’s part of the human element of the game," the Nats closer said. “It’s tough, but it’s still part of the game. It should’ve been a walk to Robles, and — I don’t know. I think what we can’t do right now — and I don’t think anybody in here is using it as an excuse or a crutch — but it can’t be something we’re thinking about. I don’t think it’s going to be, knowing the character of this team. You’ve got to turn the page and come out ready to go in Game 6. Whole new ballgame.”

There will be a different umpire behind the plate for Game 6 in Houston (and Game 7, if necessary) and hopefully, for the Nationals can  

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