Originally Posted by jojo
Aaron Harang is probably going to attempt a bunt until he has 2 strikes unless the bases are loaded or he is in a 2 out situation. In those exceptions, Aaron Harang is going to wildly flail and almost certainly fail.
There really isn't the fertile strategic majesty that many seem to be suggesting. And yes, I may have just invented a word.
Much of the strategy comes in the at-bats leading up to the pitcher's plate appearance. Come on now.
Is the manager going to let the pitcher hit or is he going to put in a pinch-hitter? Which pinch hitter? Will the other team react with a pitching change? Will the offense put on a bunt play or a hit-and-run? How about a pitch-out? Many different options are on the table, not just a routine sacrifice bunt play.
With the DH it is just another routine at-bat.