Sunday, May 04, 2008

A baseball rant on bunting

Why is it so hard for a ML player to execute a bunt? Far too many "attempts" are fouled straight back or popped up. All you have to do is square yourself, put the bat out there straight, and "catch" the ball off the bat. It's really not that hard, but yet it seems like it if you watch a MLB game.

A successful bunt moves runners into scoring position and increases the chances of said runners crossing the plate. I like my chances of scoring with 1 out and a man on 2nd and 3rd than having a bottom of the order guy swinging away with no outs and runners on 1st and 2nd. That's just me I guess.

Bunting with 1 out doesn't make sense to me as even if it's successful the next guy has to get a hit. Using one of your power hitters to bunt isn't a good idea either unless they're in a massive slump (read Jason Giambi). Otherwise, I think it's good strategy to manufacture a run (or 2).


DJC said...

Bunting and THAT is good, fun to watch baseball. You should come over to the good side and become a fan of the National League. (g)

Hville said...

That AND no DH. AL Managers have it much easier because they don't have to worry about pinchhitting for their pitchers, which can be difficult decisions at times....

bobbyjack said...

DH good, watching pitchers hit BAD. Only in the NL can you intentionally walk the #8 hitter for a sure out.

Anonymous said...

playing in the field = baseball. therefore dh = bs.

having the pitcher in the lineup requires a helluva lot more strategy than plugging some meathead into the 5 hole.

however i agree about the bunting. for some reason this gets under my skin every year at the cws.