Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY
Don't purposefully try to make outs. It is bad business. There is very little upside with such a move. If it happens as a side effect of trying to do something better, then awesome. But don't go up there trying to purposefully make an out. A success is still a failure in that situation. The failure has a side benefit to it, but of all of the outcomes you could have had, it was what, 5th or 6th best and you were trying to do that on purpose? Doesn't add up. The 1st through 4th or 5th other better options you could try for may all still accomplish the same goal, even if you fail at them. But at least try for them. A grounder to the right side still gets the job done most of the time. You may wind up hitting a sac fly as a result of trying to hit the ball hard and with authority going for a base hit. Go for options 1-4/5. Not option 5 or 6.