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April 17, 2011

About Friday’s bunt

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 17, 2011 10:24 pm
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8th inning, nobody out, Juan Pierre at first, Gordon Beckham at the plate, Adam Dunn on deck. And Ozzie calls for a bunt. Why? Let Beckham swing. Don’t give free outs to the other team. According to Tango’s Run Expectancy Matrix (1993-2010) the run expectancy with a man on 1st and no outs is 0.941 runs. If the bunt is successful and the runner moves to 2nd the run expectancy DROPS to 0.721. Why bother with the bunt? Why take the bat out of Beckham’s hands?

I see Mike shares my frustration. I wish I could do what James says and try to forget the whole thing!

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