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 Post subject: Re: 6-6-08 D-Backs vs Pirates
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:53 pm 
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He might have hurt his back but 107 pitches in 5 innings is plenty.


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 Post subject: Re: 6-6-08 D-Backs vs Pirates
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Yes, he was showing a lot of pitches, but the point was at why he came out, is all.

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 Post subject: Re: 6-6-08 D-Backs vs Pirates
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:53 am 
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No. 9 wrote:
sisyphus wrote:
Normally I'd be screaming about bunting a runner from second to third with no outs in the first, but if the guy is hitting as badly as Sanchez is, you might as well bunt.


You have to look at the potential runs environment. If Webb is throwing as expected, you are not going to win a 8-7 game. In most instances, you are going to have to scratch out runs here and there. There will likely be limited scoring opportunities. Setting up a pretty hot hitter in Bay with one out and a runner on third in the first inning was not a bad play at all. McLouth likely scores on even a medium deep fly ball or a grounder to short or second base - likely scores on any grounder that is not directly hit to the pitcher, third baseman or first baseman. Unfortunately, Bay didn't get it deep enough to score a speedy McLouth.

And, as you point out, you also have to look at what sort of "streak" the hitter is on. Sanchez has struggled lately so the combination of going against Webb with a hitter who is struggling makes the call for a sacrifice bunt a very strong situational play at that time.

That it didn't play out doesn't make it a bad call; it was just a call that didn't work out.

Oh, I didn't think it was that bad of an idea for the very reasons you listed.

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