Rob Johnson Safety Squeeze

Game: New York Mets at San Francisco, July 30 (box, 8-7 Mets win)
Situation: Top 10, one out, 0-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, New York up 7-6
Pitcher: Clay Hensley
Batter: Rob Johnson
Runner on 3rd: Jason Bay

Leverage index: 1.2
Win probability added: +3.9%

Johnson was just called up to replace Mike Nickeas as backup catcher, and manager Terry Collins wanted to see how closely their skill sets matched up. Johnson at least gets the bunt on the ground, but this one should have been a fail. The Mets are bailed out by Hensley’s indecision. If he throws home immediately, the run is going to be cut down. If he throws to second immediately, the Giants probably turn a double play and end the inning.

The Mets already had the lead before the play, but this one turned out to be critical, as the Giants scored one in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 8-7, but the Mets managed to hang on for the win.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +3 (+1, success; +1, seventh inning or later; +1, ninth inning or later)

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