First Pitch: Bunting Away Runs, And Eventually Wins

First Pitch: Bunting Away Runs, And Eventually Wins

I have nothing against a sacrifice bunt in the right situation. I do have something against a sacrifice bunt in every situation that could call for a sacrifice bunt.

Sacrifice bunts may move runners over in to a better scoring position, but that comes at the cost of a free out. In some situations the bunt makes sense. If Rod Barajas leads off with a double, I'd bunt him over to third base. He's no guarantee to score from second, especially after legging out a double. However, if Alex Presley leads off the inning with a double, which he did twice tonight, I'm not bunting him over.

The Pirates did exactly that, on two occasions tonight. Presley led off the game with a double, and was immediately bunted over by Jose Tabata. Andrew McCutchen came up and brought Presley in with a ground out.

Later in the game, Presley led off with another double. Tabata went for another bunt, but the plans fell through, and he ended up coming away with a single in to right field, with Presley only advanc...

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