Hey everyone...I have a strategy question that I am hoping can be answered by someone smarter than me.
Last night in the 9th inning, Brandon Phillips singled. Pujols played well off of first meaning the Cardinals were willing to give up the stolen base. But Phillips didn't go. In fact, he didn't even take a bigger lead than normal.
With Valentin at the plate...why wouldn't he take second base to break up a potential double play?
Obviously, in this case it made no difference because Valentin struck out on three pitches...but I thought that was an interesting strategy decision NOT to take a free base when it was given to him.
Can anyone help?