Originally Posted by NDReds9
Dunn and Griffey should bunt to 3rd EVERY SINGLE TIME the shift is on. Any bunt in play toward 3rd would be a free hit. They're superstars, though. They need HR's.
I'm going to go on a little bit of a tangent here its late and my mind is multi tasking.
I agree with you to a point. Dunn and Griffey (when theyre going good) can do so much more damage swinging than a bunt.
Like the example Reds need base runners (IE down by 2) I would have no problem with them laying down a bunt to try for a hit. But if its closer youre taking the bat out of arguably the 2 most dangerous hitters in the lineup (when theyre going good).
Anyone got a count of P/PA for Griffey from last year?
Could it be Dunn's getting pitched around because no one above him (sans Kepp) is doing jack and teams are just giving him a free base and moving on with a hot EE and just hoping that EE keeps it in the ballpark. I mean no one from 1-4 is doing much (besides Freel and Kepp) so theres no real pressure put on a pitcher to give Dunn anything to hit.
I still think moving Phillips down and popping in a tape of him hitting line drives to the gaps would do him a world of good.