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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
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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

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)

Madison Bumgarner Safety Squeeze Fail

Game: San Francisco at Colorado, August 4 (box, 11-6 Giants win)
Situation: Top 4, one out, 1-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, San Francisco up 4-0
Pitcher: Jeff Francis
Batter: Madison Bumgarner
Runner on 3rd: Brett Pill

Leverage index: 0.8
Win probability added: -3.4%

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Pill makes an aggressive break for home, but the Rockies are ready. Francis comes off the mound like a gazelle and delivers a perfect glove flip to the plate. That’s fail #2 for Bumgarner on the season.

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

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)

Madison Bumgarner Safety Squeeze Fail

Game: Houston at San Francisco, June 12 (box, 6-3 Giants win)
Situation: Bottom 4, out, 2-1 count, runners at 1st/3rd, San Francisco up 3-1
Pitcher: David Carpenter
Batter: Madison Bumgarner
Runner on 3rd: Brandon Belt

Leverage index: 1.3
Win probability added: -4.4%

The bunt is a little too strong and a little to straight at hard-charging first baseman Matt Downs, and the run is cut down at the plate.

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