Originally Posted by mth123
I get your point, but the distinction is probably that the fly ball usually gets the job done and the defene can't do anything to counter whether it is hit deep enough. A grounder to second is really at the defense' discretion. The IF could play-in and prevent it from being successful.
The pitcher could have just struck the batter out. The defense could have put in a guy with a better arm in the outfield. They could have signed a sumo wrestler to literally sit on home plate so you couldn't score.
I know, extremes.... I just don't like it.