Originally Posted by levydl
Vis-a-vis not scoring any runs fromthe 10th on despite having runners on several times: how about we stop with the sac bunt once someone gets on first? It's statistically insane.
While in the abstract, statistically you have a slightly better chance of scoring a run from first with no outs than you do from second with one out, the difference is so small I would not call it "insane". The difference is .436 to .421, basically 1.5 times every hundred times tried.
And that is in the abstract. Factor in actual batters, pitchers, matchups, and there are times where it makes sense to bunt. Not saying all the times the Reds did were smart, but theoretically speaking, bunting with a runner on first and no outs can be advantageous.