Originally Posted by Redhook
After the 8th inning debacle, I was very pleasantly surprised to see the Reds had won this morning. Great win!
I do have a few questions:
1) Why did Dusty have Paul bunt in the 8th? Paul's left-handed, the pitcher was stuggling, don't give away outs, etc. etc. That decision was terrible. I wish reporters would consistently ask him why he bunts so often when it's proven to be a poor decision.
2) How many more runs would the Reds have this season if they never bunted, not counting pitchers?
3) If there were no outs in the 9th with Stubbs up, would Dusty have made Stubbs bunt? I found it interesting to see what happens when a player doesn't give an out away.
As you can see, I, along with many you, can't stand the bunting. And worse yet, they often fail at it. The Reds and Dusty were lucky to win after not scoring in the 8th.
I know he's not going to change his ways, but these decisions do and will cost the Reds game in the future. I'm happy they won and Dusty has done some great things with the chemistry of the club, but wow, some of his in-game decisions are just so bad.
I think the decision to bunt Paul there was an easy one....it's Xavier Paul at the plate, not Joey Votto. The fact that he already had a couple of hits and was facing a "struggling" pitcher didn't matter. Move the runners over, try and tie the thing up, it was late in the game.
My biggest problem with our manager's desire to bunt is that as a team we largely suck at it. And that absolutely includes Stubbs who yes, Dusty would have had bunting in the 9th.