Tagged: dodgers

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%

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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%

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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.

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Wade Miley and Miguel Montero Safety Squeeze Fail

Game: Arizona at Los Angeles Dodgers, September 2 (box, 5-4 Dodgers win)
Situation: Top 7, one out, 0-2 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Arizona up 4-2
Pitcher: Shawn Tolleson
Batter: Wade Miley
Runner on 3rd: Miguel Montero

Leverage index: 1.2
Win probability added: -4.6%

A moment hesitation and you’re out…

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

Gorkys Hernandez Safety Squeeze

Game: Los Angeles Dodgers at Miami, August 11 (box, 7-3 Marlins win)
Situation: Bottom 5, one out, 1-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, 2-2 tie game
Pitcher: Joe Blanton
Batter: Gorkys Hernandez
Runner on 3rd: John Buck

Leverage index: 2.7
Win probability added: +4.9%

It’s past the pitcher, and with the second baseman shaded up the middle, the first baseman has to cover the bag, ensuring the run to score.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +2 (+1, success; +1, tie game)

Bobby Wilson Suicide Squeeze

Game: Los Angeles at Anaheim, June 22 (box, 8-5 Angels win)
Situation: Bottom 4, one out, 2-0 count, runner at 3rd, Anaheim down 5-4
Pitcher: Chad Billingsley
Batter: Bobby Wilson
Runner on 3rd: Erick Aybar

Leverage index: 2.1
Win probability added: +3.9%

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If there’s one thing Mike Scioscia loves, it’s a catcher that can’t hit a lick. Bobby Wilson might be the favorite player he’s ever managed. Judging by this bunt, he’s not great at bunting either. It’s on the ground, but it’s hard and straight back to the pitcher. Aybar averts disaster for Anaheim with a great slide to the outside of the plate, avoiding the tag and slapping the plate as he goes by. I guess what I’m saying is that Wilson is no Martin Maldonado or Mike Nickeas.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +4 (+1, success; +1, suicide; +1, right-handed pitcher; +1, down one run)

Dee Gordon Safety Squeeze Fail

Game: Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles, June 15 (box, 7-6 Dodger win)
Situation: Bottom 6, one out, 0-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Los Angeles down 5-3
Pitcher: Chris Sale
Batter: Dee Gordon
Runner on 3rd: Juan Uribe

Leverage index: 3.1
Win probability added: -10.0%

A bunt so bad it was almost good. Well, you get what you deserve.

Can someone tell me why Dee Gordon, the black hole of offense, is leading off for the Dodgers?

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): -2 (-1, fail; -1, pop up)

Martin Maldonado Safety Squeeze

Game: Milwaukee at Los Angeles Dodgers, May 30 (box, 6-3 Brewers win)
Situation: Top 6, one out, 0-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Milwaukee up 2-1
Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw
Batter: Martin Maldonado
Runner on 3rd: Rickie Weeks

Leverage index: 2.1
Win probability added: +4.1%

Chalk another one up for backup catchers, as the Brew Crew extends their lead on the Suicidal Tendencies board (seven squeeze attempts by my count).

I like the managing here by Ron Roenicke. A double and a walk put runners at first and second with no outs. Gomez puts down a poor bunt for a hit, which goes as a fielder’s choice to second. So it’s runners at the corners with the slow, light-hitting Maldonado coming to the plate (.236/.313/.333 in 9 seasons in the minors). On deck is the pitcher, but in this case the pitcher is Yovani Gallardo, who’s actually a better hitter than Maldonado. Roenicke calls for the squeeze, which scores the run, keeps them out of the double play, and moves the speedy Gomez into scoring position. Gallardo’s run scoring single chases Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw. Two more singles and all of a sudden it’s 5-1, Milwaukee is >90% to win, and Kershaw is out of the game to boot.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +1 (+1, success)