I pose a question then:
Next Friday, if the exact same scenario happens again, do you think Dusty finds a pinch hitter (likely a starting pitcher)?
I think the answer is yes. Simon is done bunting for the year, UNLESS he is going out to pitch the next inning.
Obvious the fingers are a bigger concern in the grand scheme, but I don't think that is Dusty's thought (or any managers), or else he'd be swinging away with his pitchers a whole lot more.
And then there's this crazy thought. You know that batting cage thingy off the Reds dugout? Maybe Simon could practice in case he is put in that situation again. I know it sounds wacky, but it could work
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In this case, I wouldn't have bunted at all. Hanigan was on first, likely to be thrown out at second, very slow. Game was close, I would have used a pinch hitter and played for the bigger inning.
Even when I disagree with Dusty, I can usually see the logic if I squint hard enough. I don't get this one at all. Send Leake up there to get the bunt down.
It was only the 6th inning. We needed a bunt (not someone to swing!) which Simon should be able to handle. Had we needed a hit we would have most likely seen a PH. So what Dusty saw an opportunity to get a job done with using 2 players instead do 3
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Now maybe Baker didn't really care if he succeeded and that's why he sent him up there....but there were several better options available to perform that task.
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