The week in Sac Bunts: 6/25 – 7/1

Last week there were a total of 41 non-pitcher, non-squeeze bunts (continuing a rough weekly pace of 40-45/per).

– 13 had a WPA/RE > 0 ; 28 had a WPA/RE24 <= 0 That means over 68% of attempts HURT the team, or did nothing to help the team win. - 5 (12.2%) were in the first 3 innings of the game (21 in inn. 4-6) - 21 (51.2%) came from the first 3 lineup spots - 17 (41.5%) were 1--/0 ; 4 were 1--/1 - 16 (39.0%) came with the bunting team behind (5) or ahead (11) by 2 or more runs. Gems: - 6/27, Nationals @ Rockies. Dexter Fowler (quickly becoming a SMRT All Str), 9-1(B5) | 1--/0. For emphasis: DOWN 8 runs, bottom of the 5th. Again, DOWN 8 RUNS. And he bunted the runner into a FC out at 2B. As bad as bunting when DOWN 8 RUNS is, if you do it you MUST advance the runner. Again: DOWN 8 RUNS.

– “Best” of the week(s): 6/27, Brewers @ Reds. Nyjer Morgan, 5-2(T5) | 12-/0. -.58 RE24, because when you sac bunt the runner on 2B into an out at 3B you’re just lighting outs on fire. Good jorb!

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