This week in squeeze: June 14 – June 20

It was an eventful week for San Diego with two squeeze attempts. Against the Giants in extra innings, they called on starting pitcher Andrew Cashner to pinch hit, and he dropped down a beauty to take the lead. A couple days later against the Giants, they tried to tack on run late but instead got some first hand evidence that Adrian Gonzalez is awesome defensively.

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
6/16/2013 Jordan Schafer ATL SFG Suicide Run Link
6/16/2013 Johnny Cueto CIN MIL Suicide Run Link
6/17/2013 Alcides Escobar KCR @CLE Safety Fail Link
6/17/2013 Andrew Cashner SDP @SFG Safety Run Link
6/18/2013 Marwin Gonzalez HOU MIL Safety Run Link
6/20/2013 Will Venable SDP LAD Safety Fail Link

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 47 24 16
Brewers 6 4 1
Astros 6 3 3
Padres 5 2 2
Braves 4 3 1

This week in squeeze: June 7 – June 13

It’s almost like Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is keeping track too, because only one week after being deposed from the top of the squeeze standings, Milwaukee pulls a safety and a suicide to move back on top of the suicidal tendencies.

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
6/7/2013 Eric Young COL SDP Safety Fail Link
6/8/2013 Madison Bumgarner SFG @ARI Safety Run Link
6/9/2013 Kyle Lohse MIL PHI Safety Run Link
6/11/2013 Scooter Gennett MIL @MIA Suicide Run Link

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 40 20 13
Brewers 6 4 1
Astros 5 2 3
Mariners 3 2 1
Braves 3 2 1
Padres 3 1 1

This week in squeeze: May 31 – June 6

It was a quiet week for squeeze plays this week. The big news is that the Astros overtook Milwaukee for the lead on the Suicidal Tendencies board. Of course, with two successes and three fails, maybe they should stop running the play…

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
6/2/2013 Brandon Barnes HOU @LAA Safety Fail Link
6/4/2013 Everth Cabrera SDP @LAD Safety No go

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 36 17 12
Astros 5 2 3
Brewers 4 2 1
Mariners 3 2 1
Braves 3 2 1
Padres 3 1 1

This week in squeeze

Squeeze plays for May 24-30

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
5/24/2013 Didi Gregorius ARI SDP Safety Run Link
5/24/2013 B.J. Upton ATL @NYM Safety Run Link
5/25/2013 Andrew Cashner SDP @ARI Safety Fail
5/25/2013 Derrick Robinson CIN CHC Suicide Run Link
5/27/2013 Jonathan Herrera COL @HOU Suicide Run Link
5/27/2013 Ben Zobrist TBR MIA Safety No go
5/28/2013 Zack Cozart CIN CLE Safety No go Link
5/29/2013 Marwin Gonzalez HOU @COL Safety Run Link
5/29/2013 Jordy Mercer PIT DET Suicide Run Link

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 34 17 11
Astros 4 2 2
Brewers 4 2 1
Mariners 3 2 1
Braves 3 2 1

Pete Kozma Suicide Squeeze / Jordan Schafer Suicide Squeeze

Game: St. Louis vs. Milwaukee, 2013/5/19 (box, 4-2 Cardinals win)
Situation: Bottom 4, one out, 2-1 count, runners at 1st/3rd, St. Louis ahead 3-0
Pitcher: Kyle Lohse
Batter: Pete Kozma
Runner on 3rd: Jon Jay

Leverage index: 0.86
Win probability added: +3.0%

MLB.com video

Game: Atlanta vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 2013/5/19 (box, 5-2 Braves win)
Situation: Bottom 8, one out, 1-1 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Atlanta ahead 4-2
Pitcher: Brandon League
Batter: Jordan Schafer
Runner on 3rd: Gerald Laird

Leverage index: 0.50
Win probability added: +1.2%

MLB.com video

The only successful suicide squeeze this year was on April 13 when Marwin Gonzalez pulled the rare bases-loaded squeeze for the Astros against the Angels. Since then, the Orioles, Braves (twice!), Brewers, Angels, and Cardinals have all been burned on the suicide. Today Atlanta and St. Louis both plated insurance runs with beautifully executed plays.

Gerardo Parra Safety Squeeze

Game: Arizona vs. Philadelphia, 2013/5/9 (box, 2-1 Diamondbacks win)
Situation: Bottom 6, one out, 0-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Arizona ahead 1-0
Pitcher: Cole Hamels
Batter: Gerardo Parra
Runner on 3rd: Cody Ross

Leverage index: 1.7
Win probability added: +3.2%

MLB.com video

For his career, Ryan Howard has cost his teams about 25 runs in the field over ~1100 games according to Fangraphs (Baseball Reference has him at -40 runs for his career). Defensively, he’s like the negative Doug Mientkiewicz. The amount that people thought that Doug Mientkiewicz was good playing at first base, Ryan Howard is bad at playing first base (Mientkiewicz’s numbers: Fangraphs +28 runs fielding, BR -40 runs fielding). My point, other than ragging on Ryan Howard’s defensive ability, is that Gerardo Parra is pretty smart when it comes to where to bunt on a safety squeeze.

Trevor Crowe Safety Squeeze Fail

Game: Houston vs. Anaheim, 2013/5/8 (box, 3-1 Astros win)
Situation: Bottom 8, one out, 0-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Houston ahead 3-1
Pitcher: Dane De La Rosa
Batter: Trevor Crowe
Runner on 3rd: Jimmy Paredes

Leverage index: 0.5
Win probability added: -1.9%

It seems like just yesterday that a runner avoided a swipe tag with a dive into home with the umpire ruling incorrectly that he failed to touch the plate leading to the catcher chasing him down for the out.