Bunt to Win, July ’13 Edition #smrtbaseball #bunttowin

In July, there were a total of 113 non-pitcher, non-squeeze sacrifice bunts (~25/wk).

– 8 had a WPA/RE24 > 0 (5 were due to fielding errors, 3 were FC), 95 had a WPA/RE24 <= 0 That means that ~93% of those sacrifice bunts HURT the team, or did nothing to help the team win while giving up an out. - 28 (25%) were in the first 3 innings of the game (33 in inn. 4-6). - 54 (47%) were by the batter in the 1st or 2nd spot in the batting order. - 46 (41%) were 1-- --/0 ; 4 were 1-- --/1 (*) - 28 (25%) came with the bunting team behind (5) or ahead (23) by 2 or more runs. Ahead by 2 or more runs. 23 times. STOP BUNTING. - 10 (~9%) came via pinch-hitter. 3 were by pitchers in the 13th/14th innings, which I guess we can look past. But 7 times a manager said "You, get a bat, go give an out away." Amazing. (*) – The 4 1- -/1 bunts were more likely bunt for hit attempts, but we and the Play Index aren’t perfect. Notes: - If your defense of a sac bunt includes the point “But the defense might make an error!”, you’re right. If a 4.4% chance is a big part of your defense of the decision, you’re probably in the wrong. - The Yankees (of course) led the month (again!) with 8, the Rockies followed with 7 (as did the Royals). The Yanks taking the "too many homers" meme a bit too seriously, at this point. - 3 teams did not have a sac bunt attempt all month (Seattle, Atlanta, and the White Sox). Arizona, Oakland, and the Cubs all with just 1. Glimmers of hope, they. - #smrtbaseball #bunttowin favorites Bruce Bochy and Dusty Baker called for 6 and 5 saccys, "respectfully". SMRT-est bunt of the week: 7/26, Rangers at Indians. Leyons Martin, 6-8 (T8) | 12--/1. -.29 RE24. I don't think Ron Washington is more than league average in terms of calling for the sac bunt, but it's starting to look like he has a knack for calling them at the worst possible times. Texas has had (or tied for) the more RE/24-negative sac bunts every month this year. And yet, Ron Washington makes over $1 million per year. That’s the way baseball go, indeed.

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