To Bunt Or Not Too Bunt?

August 24, 2011 – 2:21 pm

Oakland 6, NYY 5.

  • The offense seems to be starting to cool off some, at least over the last three games they have. They did come alive a bit in the last two innings of this game, but it was too little too late. With the starting rotation still struggling with the lone exception of Phil Hughes, that’s not a good sign. Bartolo Colon did notch a “quality start” for the first six innings, but then blew it in the seventh. For September Colon is now 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA. Looks like he’s finally regressing to what everyone figured he would be coming in to the year. All the more reason why Hughes and Nova have to start delivering.
  • You just knew Girardi was going to have Jeter bunt in the ninth, down by one with the tying runs on first and second and no one out. He “played the percentages” and lost — and of course, the stat heads will tell you that you should never give up outs like that. And particularly with Jeter swinging such a hot bat — .465 over the last ten games, plus 3-for-3 for the night. Normally I can at least see the reasoning behind the sac bunt in that type of situation — but with a hot hitter up against a struggling pitcher, I dunno. I think I have Jeter hitting away.

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