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This week in squeeze: July 15 – August 1

Alternatively titled “Where have all the squeeze plays gone?” A Kyle Seager safety against the shift* ended a streak of two weeks of squeezeless baseball.

I can’t believe this doesn’t happen more often.

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
7/24/2013 Ben Zobrist TBR @BOS Safety No go
7/26/2013 Andrelton Simmons ATL STL Safety No go
8/1/2013 Kyle Seager SEA @BOS Safety Run Link

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 66 33 22
Brewers 9 6 1
Astros 8 4 4
Braves 7 4 2
Padres 6 2 3
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This week in squeeze: June 28 – July 4

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
6/28/2013 Reed Johnson ATL ARI Safety Run Link
6/29/2013 Jonathan Diaz BOS TOR Safety Fail Link
6/30/2013 Logan Schafer MIL @PIT Safety Run Link
6/30/2013 Elvis Andrus TEX CIN Suicide Run Link

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 55 29 19
Brewers 7 5 1
Astros 7 4 3
Braves 6 4 2
Padres 5 2 2

This week in squeeze: June 21 – June 27

The squeeze of the week has to be Thursday’s safety by the Diamondbacks in extra innings at Washington. With runners at the corners and one out, Didi Gregorius dragged a pitch on the outside corner with him up the first base line. The bunt was perfectly placed, giving the Nationals no chance to catch A.J. Pollock racing home from third, and Gregorius beat the play at first. At a leverage index of 5.4, this was the most critical situation that a squeeze has been run this season. The play increased the D-backs win expectancy by 18%, tying the highest positive WPA in 2013.

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
6/21/2013 Julio Teheran ATL @MIL Safety Fail Link
6/22/2013 Ronny Cedeno HOU @CHC Safety Run Link
6/22/2013 Barry Zito SFG MIA Safety Fail Link
6/27/2013 Didi Gregorius ARI @WSN Safety Run Link

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 51 26 18
Astros 7 4 3
Brewers 6 4 1
Braves 5 3 2
Padres 5 2 2

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

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.

Tim Hudson Suicide Squeeze Fail

Game: Atlanta at San Francisco, August 26 (box, 7-1 Braves win)
Situation: Top 6, one out, 1-0 count, runner at 3rd, Atlanta ahead 5-0
Pitcher: George Kontos
Batter: Tim Hudson
Runner on 3rd: Paul Janish

Leverage index: 0.2
Win probability added: -0.8%

Orel Hershiser describes it perfectly.

This will probably turn out to be the least consequential fail of the year.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): -1 (-1, fail)

Hunter Pence Safety Squeeze

Game: Atlanta at San Francisco, August 23 (box, 5-2 Giants win)
Situation: Bottom 5, one out, 0-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, San Francisco up 1-0
Pitcher: Tommy Hanson
Batter: Hunter Pence
Runner on 3rd: Angel Pagan

Leverage index: 2.0
Win probability added: +6.4%

Smart play here by Pence. With the second baseman shaded far up the middle and the first baseman holding the runner on, there’s a giant hole on the right side of the infield. Anything past the pitcher in that direction will be a hit and score a run. And that’s exactly what he does.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +2 (+1, success; +1, batter reaches safely)