Commentary

Breaking down Michael Young's blast

Rangers third baseman delivered a devastating blow to Rays in ALDS Game 2

Updated: October 7, 2010, 9:58 PM ET
By Jack Moore | FanGraphs

Chants of "Replay!" rained down on Tropicana Field in the fifth inning of the second American League Division Series game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers on Thursday afternoon.

Although we all know that home crowds can exaggerate at times, the controversy here was real. Michael Young was seemingly out on a half swing with runners on first and second and one out in the fifth. Instead, the umpires ruled that Young checked his swing, and on the next pitch, Young took Chad Qualls deep to center field to increase the Rangers' lead from 2-0 to 5-0.

Top five plays (all percentages from Rangers' standpoint):