After a couple quiet weeks on the squeeze front, the baseball gods smile on us with seven tries, including four suicides and a safety squeeze by noted bunt detractors, the Oakland Athletics, that led to insulting a pregnant woman on Twitter!
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Game: Houston at Pittsburgh (box, 6-3 Pirates win)
Situation: Bottom 6, one out, 1-0 count, runners at 2nd/3rd, Pittsburgh up 5-1
Pitcher: Hector Ambriz
Batter: Clint Barmes
Runner on 3rd: Alex Presley
Leverage index: 0.3
Win probability added: +0.5%
Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +3 (+1, success; +1, suicide; +1, right-handed pitcher)
Game: Pittsburgh at Houston, July 27 (box, 6-5 Pirates win)
Situation: Bottom 2, one out, 0-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Houston up 1-0
Pitcher: Jeff Karstens
Batter: Jordan Lyles
Runner on 3rd: Justin Maxwell
Leverage index: 1.6
Win probability added: +5.9%
If Justin Maxwell had this one to do over again, I bet he doesn’t run. The ball is bunted toward him, but not far from the catcher. He looks like he’s running into an out. But credit Maxwell for one thing: he was decisive.
Well, maybe two. That move was amazing.
Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +2 (+1, success; +1, batter reaches safely)
Game: Houston at Pittsburgh, July 4 (box, 6-4 Pirates win)
Situation: Top 2, one out, 0-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Houston up 2-0
Pitcher: Kevin Correia
Batter: Dallas Keuchel
Runner on 3rd: J.D. Martinez
Leverage index: 1.5
Win probability added: -5.6%
Bad bunt: Strong and straight back to the pitcher.
Sub-optimal baserunning: It’s not fair to place too much blame on Martinez. The bunt hit the ground, and he broke for the plate. It just turned out that the pitcher had the ball immediately. With the top of the order coming up, maybe Martinez should have been more cautious breaking for the plate.
Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): -1 (-1, fail)