Re: The Bunt?
posted at 10/16/2013 1:52 PM EDT
In response to andrewmitch's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
The Rays love the bunt and will do so in almost any circumstance, including a beauty against the Sox in the ALDS. They bunt, I hasten to add, because they ain't so good at hitting. The Sox don't bunt much, but can hit. They took 3 our of 4 from the Rays in the ALDS. The Sox now lead the Tigers 2-1 without benefit of bunts. The unbelievable comeback in the 8th inning of game 2 was entirely without benefit of a bunt. Ditto the winning run in the 9th inning.
I personally like the bunt because it is fun to watch--good ones, bad ones, and great ones. But the Sox don't bunt much because Bill James sabermetrics say bunts waste outs.
The Rays don't bunt much either, Max. They had 24 sacrifices this year, tied with the Red Sox.
Houston led the AL with 46 sacrifices.
Now put this into perspective: the league leader in sacrifices had 46 of them in 6,020 plate appearances. That's one sacrifice per 131 plate appearances.
So it might be more accurate to say nobody actually likes the bunt.
You could also say that teams today do not care much for fundamentals either but does that make it right?
You could say that. But, given the number he presented there, and given the league-wide acceptance, to more or less of a degree of Bill James' conclusions about bunting outcome probability, I would say that it is about 'nobody actually likes to bunt'.
Now, you could be right. There might be a lacking in teaching of the fundamentals. If there is, it is because the bunt, for better or for worse, is not part of the modern game. Not because of some failure to teach/learn.