Originally Posted by jlb1705
If that's the case, why bother going through the motions of making him bunt? Because that's how you "play the game the right way"? Sure, in perfect world Encarnacion would be a competent bunter. Dusty apparently knew he wasn't though, and decided to have him do it anyway. He really put Encarnacion in a tough position by putting him into a pitcher's count, and on the precipice of making a crucial out. I'm glad Edwin was able to overcome it and hit the game-winner.
Because the pitcher will throw a fastball when he thinks a hitter is bunting.
EE is a dead-on fastball hitter.
I hate Dusty, but I think there might be some truth to this.