It’s time for robot umpires, Major League Baseball. The home plate umpire in a critical Game 5 of the World Series has made several questionable calls, including a devastating one for the Washington Nationals in a key spot.
Home plate ump Lance Barksdale has had little consistency with his zone, more often when Gerrit Cole is pitching, and it cost the Nats dearly in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ryan Zimmerman walked on a ball outside with two outs, though the call upset the Astros. This brought up Victor Robles, who should’ve walked on a ball clearly up and away.
However, Barksdale caved to the pressure from the Astros’ dugout and rung Robles out, killing the Nationals rally. Washington was trailing 4-1 at the time. If Robles would have rightly walked, the tying run would’ve came to the plate.
This was the play:
it's not like it even passed through the zone. pic.twitter.com/sqXn1fY6Pq
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 28, 2019
That pitch wasn’t a strike at any point. When you’re getting calls like this in the World Series, it’s time to re-evaluate things.
Figure it out, MLB.