I didn't intend for this to be such a negative thread, but if they lay down 8 straight bunt hits and win I'm all for winning.
Situation baseball is often what wins playoff games. Getting big hits when the situation dictates. To assume that we know what will win the game or how the game will be won is absurd.
I think we are safe in saying the Reds would never lay down eight bunts in a row, yes.
Last edited by RedEye; 10-01-2013 at 12:52 PM.
Larkin Fan (10-01-2013)
Small ball in the playoffs is partially a result of the better pitching but its also a result of managers wanting more say in the outcomes of the games.
Station to station ball largely stays out of a manager's hands.
"But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."
In a one game situation I really don't care how the reds outscore the pirates, just that they outscore them. What most strongly correlates to run scoring during the long haul of the season with average to below average pitching factored in, may mean very little in a one game playoff against top notch pitching. You may win one to nothing on a combination of errors and productive outs. It may factor in too, and I wouldn't go with a small ball approach every at bat, but when a situation calls for it, get the run in. Point being push across runs by any means possible because maximum outcomes are harder to come by against top quality pitching.
God help us.
But still, the odds are the odds. No matter who is pitching, giving up an out to move a runner to second is going to reduce your chances of scoring more than one run. If you only need one run, then yes, perhaps a sacrifice is in play. But those situations are the exception, not the rule.What most strongly correlates to run scoring during the long haul of the season with average to below average pitching factored in, may mean very little in a one game playoff against top notch pitching.
Certainly there are situational elements to factor in for a particular game, but there are also certain general rules to follow. If we can agree to that, then we can stop overinterpreting BP's relatively mundane platitude now.
Last edited by RedEye; 10-01-2013 at 12:51 PM.
With Liriano vs. Cueto, you may have no choice. But if Ondrusek gives up three in the sixth, all the small ball is for naught.
You have one free roll bet to win a large sum playing one hand of blackjack.
Do you throw out every thing you know about strategy when you get dealt 20 with the dealer showing 6?
After all, dealer could get a 5 then a 10 which beats your 20.
Joey Votto does not care about RBI.
NEITHER SHOULD ANY OF US