Originally Posted by RedsBaron
It really depends upon who my pitcher is. If I have Greg Maddux on the mound, a guy with great control, I'd walk the first hitter to set up the force at any base. If I have Homer Bailey pitching, I leave first base open; Homer may strike the first hitter out, but if I walk that guy intentionally it puts a lot of pressure on Homer to then not walk the next guy.
Oh, if I have Eric Milton pitching, I leave the dugout and go ahead and shower; the game's over anyway.
I tend to agree.
This also is a good spot for the unintentional, intentional walk. Let the pitcher throw a couple pitches out of the zone, if you get the hitter to swing a a bad pitch, get some kind of a count advantage, try and go ahead and finish him. If it gets to 2-0, put him on.