Re: What happened to BASEBALL and the BUNT
posted at 10/7/2011 2:21 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What happened to BASEBALL and the BUNT
[QUOTE]Apparently they did not score enough
runs or they would have made it to the post season. I am in no way saying nor did I say the Sox did not make the playoffs for lack of bunting.
Clearly they did not make the playoffs because their pitching was horrendous in Sept. And I agree with you dirty, when you give up 5,6,7 runs a game, you are not going to win with bunting or too many other ways for that matter. I just was trying to imply there is a time and a place for small ball and it is hardly seen anymore.
It would have been great to see the Cards bunt there in that situation. I also love it when teams like the angels and rays are aggressive on the basepaths. Risk. It is fun and exciting. To get back to Red Sox pitchers, they also stunk at keeping runners in check. Horrible. When Vlad steals a base, you have got serious problems.
Posted by antiqueman1[/QUOTE]
Quite true ... didn't score enough, consistently. Went from double digit runs to being shut out. A bunt here or there couldn't hurt, especially in the right place.
That one bunt or two could have made the difference in a couple games, and we would not be sitting here so prematurely. Even thought the pitching just plain fell apart. As it turns out, one freak play or two could have made the difference. But that is almost always the case.
The defense went south. That hurt the pitching, but simply put, the gloves turned to stone. Not all, but enough to help doom the pitching. It was painful to watch some plays ... there were some brilliant plays, but ... good defense is as much successful small ball as anything.
I have wondered for years, since the '60s, how the Sox could somehow break the tradition of leaving so many men in scoring position. Bunting couldn't hurt. As has been said, we scored a lot. But if defenses, like you said, were aware of the threat of our team bunting any time, they would have to take thatinto account ... more nervoous for pitchers, too, esp. if they field poorly.
We do not emphasize holding players on base. Some of our pitchers don't even try. It seems that a good move to first is also as good a deterrent as the effort to bunt someone along is to help score.
I think that is what they used to be called.