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Tracy's Tendencies (Wilson, Sacrificial Lamb)

Tracy's Tendencies (Wilson, Sacrificial Lamb)

I stumbled on this post at Chronicles of the Lads, a Los Angeles Angeles blog, while perusing the work of Tom Tango (a sabermetrician associated with the Marcels projections). Tom talked in mathspeak before coming to the conclusion that "All-in-all, it’s likely that the Angels' bunting was a wash." I thought to myself, "Self: This could be directly related to that post you made about the 2007 batting order. You should look into this bunting business." So that's what I did.
For those of you who won't open the links, the Angels blogger wanted to study the way Mike Scioscia plays small ball--and more specifically, how a (successful) sacrifice bunt could affect the team. He used the Baseball-Reference Play Index to compile some stats. His methodology was complex, and he drew strong conclusions. It was a good read.
I wanted to go a different route, though. I'm less concerned with whether or not bunting is a solid strategy as a whole than I am with how it affected the Pirates. I al...

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