Re: When not to bunt
- From: McDuck <wallymcduckDELETEME@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 09:10:57 -0400
On Mon, 21 Aug 2006 05:45:48 GMT, "gnork" <gnork44@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
"McDuck" <wallymcduckDELETEME@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
1. Great fielding pitcher on the mound.
2. Player who has no MLB experience bunting.
3. Slow runner on 2d.
4. Good hitter at the plate, followed by another good hitter, followed
Almost always is the answer, but especially so in that situation regardless
of Joe Morgan's mumblings.
Although I agree with you mostly on almost never bunting, I think it
is at least an acceptable strategy when you need just one run for a
walk-off win and other factors are favorable, such as a fast guy on 2d
and a dreg hitter who can bunt at the plate. But bunting to take the
bat out of the hands of your better hitters is really a bad decision
It is hard to imagine a worse managed game than what Francona had tonight.
As a result the playoff chances are down to about 2%. After tomorrow they
will need a microscope to find them. He had the game. He should have PH for
Mirabelli in the 7th. He should have sent Schilling back for the 8th.
No, then I'd have lost an ice cream sandwich to Bob-Nob.
Schilling had pitched 7 stressful innings with an hour rain delay (and
had a high pitch count if you care qbous such stuff <g>). My great
fear was that he'd bring in Schilling and then have to bring in
Papelbon when Schilling got into trouble.
Failing that, Papelbon should have come in to start the inning, but
FranBONEhead was worried about using him in Monday's game.
Right. The concern was fine --- Francona generally does need to save
Papelbon. We now know that Papelbon felt that he had hit the wall
prior to the bad outings againt KC (whether from overuse of just
rookie nerves or whatever). But Morgan was correct that the first
order of business was to stop the NYY Express --- Francona should have
treated the game as a "must" game.
Normally, I'd have been fine with Timlin, but he is going so badly
that it was not fine. He typically owns Jeter. The hit by Damon was a
bleeder, but, my goodness, hitting Jeter was not what one expects from
an old pro like Timlin.
As a result
papelbon enters anyhow in the 8th, but with the sacks full and no outs and
throws two very high stress innings. He almost saved the game and a barrel
of ridicule for the bonehead, but Jeter bloops one in with 2 outs in the 9th
to tie it. I saw Hansen warming up and I knew the Yanks would score in the
10th. One pathetic decision after another. About the only dumber thing he
could have done was PH for Ortiz.
One other item for your list was taking out WMO in the 7th for Kapler.
That came back to haunt, predictably, in the 9th.
I was surprised that Maribelli hit in the 7th and 9th. Is there a
problem with Lopez we don't know about?
The great strength of the RS over recent years was that the back of
the order could hit pretty well. Not now.
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