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.
|7/24/2013||Ben Zobrist||TBR||@BOS||Safety||No go|
|7/26/2013||Andrelton Simmons||ATL||STL||Safety||No go|
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Game: Anaheim at Seattle, 2013/04/27 (box, 3-2 Angels loss)
Situation: Top 4, one out, 0-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Anaheim ahead 2-0
Pitcher: Felix Hernandez
Batter: Brendan Harris
Runner on 3rd: Mark Trumbo
Leverage index: 1.5
Win probability added: -5.3%
It’s a good bunt, but not good enough as King Felix makes an outstanding play with the glove flip.
Game: Seattle vs. Texas, 2013/4/11 (box, Mariners loss 4-3)
Situation: Bottom 8, one out, 1-1 count, runner at 3rd, Seattle down 4-3
Pitcher: Robbie Ross
Batter: Brendan Ryan
Runner on 3rd: Endy Chavez
Leverage index: 4.8
Win probability added: -23.0%
It’s an early contender for worst fail of the season at 23% win probability lost!
Game: Seattle vs. Houston, 2013/4/8 (box, 3-0 Mariners win)
Situation: Bottom 5, one out, 2-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Seattle up 2-0
Pitcher: Philip Humber
Batter: Franklin Gutierrez
Runner on 3rd: Dustin Ackley
Leverage index: 1.15
Win probability added: 3.8%
Along with Seattle color guy Mike Blowers, I wonder if Gutierrez did this on his own. It looks like he’s bunting for a hit. Then again, Fangraphs says he’s only got 11 bunt hits out of 625 for his career. In any case, great job by Ackley to read the play and score.
Game: Seattle at Baltimore, August 8 (box, 9-2 Orioles win)
Situation: Top 2, one out, 0-1 count, runners at 1st/2nd/3rd, Seattle down 2-0
Pitcher: Steve Johnson
Batter: Munenori Kawasaki
Runner on 3rd: Kyle Seager
Leverage index: 2.8
Win probability added: -7.8%
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This couldn’t have been a called play. Kawasaki has four bunt hits on the season, which actually represents a statistically significant portion of his offense. Here the play doesn’t work, and it turned out to be the Mariners’ best scoring opportunity of the day.
Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): -2 (-1, fail; -1, bases loaded)
Game: Seattle at Tampa Bay, May 2 (box, 5-4 Rays win)
Situation: Bottom 6, one out, 1-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Tampa Bay up 5-4
Pitcher: Erasmo Ramirez
Batter: Sean Rodriguez
Runner on 3rd: Will Rhymes
Leverage index: 1.8
Win probability added: -6.7%
Rodriguez’s bunt is a little too straight at the pitcher, and the Mariners make a nice play to cut down Rhymes at home to keep it a one-run game.
Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): -1 (-1, fail)
Game: Seattle at Oakland, April 6 (box, 7-3 Mariners win)
Situation: Top 6, one out, 1-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Seattle up 5-2
Pitcher: Jordan Norberto
Batter: Chone Figgins
Runner on 3rd: Michael Saunders
Leverage index: 0.9
Win probability added: +3.0%
Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +2 (+1, success; +1, batter reaches base)