Bunt To Win, May ’13 Edition

In May, there were a total of 113 non-pitcher, non-squeeze sacrifice bunts (~22/wk).

– 6 had a WPA/RE24 > 0, 107 had a WPA/RE24 <= 0 That means that almost 95% of those sacrifice bunts HURT the team, or did nothing to help the team win while giving up an out. - 26 (23%) were in the first 3 innings of the game (21 in inn. 4-6). - 42 (37.2%) were by the batter in the 1st or 2nd spot in the batting order (For the second month running, the 3rd spot is the only one w/ 0 bunts, so that’s something) - 56 (56.1%) were 1–/0 ; 2 were 1–/1 (*) - 16 (14.2%) came with the bunting team behind (3) or ahead (13) by 2 or more runs (*) – The 2 1–/1 bunts were more likely bunt for hit attempts, but we and the Play Index aren’t perfect. Notes: - The Astros led the month with 10, the Dodgers followed with 9 each. (Maybe this is why there's an east coast bias!). - Those 2 teams are a combined 24 games under .500 - There was exactly 1 team with no sacrifice bunts in May. Big points to whoever guesses which team. It wouldn't have been in our top 10 guesses. SMRT-est bunt of the week: 5/27, Rangers at Diamondbacks. Elvis Andrus, 1-2 (T3) | -2-/1. -.31 RE24. The astonishing thing is that Andrus had the crown for April, too. Last month it was bunting in the first inning, this month it was only the 3rd but that's cold comfort. Ron Washington makes over $1 million per year. That’s the way baseball go, indeed.

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