Tagged: rangers

This week in squeeze: August 9 – August 15

The squeeze of the week has to be Jeff Bianchi’s safety “attempt” with Jean Segura on third against the Rangers. The play goes in the scoresheet as a steal of home for Segura, but that doesn’t tell half the story. Bianchi treated the play like a safety squeeze, pulling the bat back on a pitch high and outside. Segura played it very aggressively (I wonder if he thought it was a suicide), getting caught way down the third base line. Thanks to some nifty moves and the Rangers misexecuting the rundown, the Brewers score anyway.

This doesn’t even qualify as Segura’s most interesting baserunning of the season, as he “stole first” earlier this year.

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
8/8/2013 Carlos Ruiz PHI CHC Safety Run Link
8/9/2013 Craig Gentry TEX @HOU Suicide Run Link
8/10/2013 Cliff Lee PHI @WSN Safety Run Link
8/10/2013 Bryce Harper WSN PHI Safety Run Link
8/13/2013 Jeff Bianchi MIL @TEX Safety Fail/Run Link

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 76 43 23
Brewers 12 8 2
Astros 9 5 4
Braves 7 4 2
Padres 6 2 3

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

Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez Suicide Squeeze Fail

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%

MLB.com video

It’s an early contender for worst fail of the season at 23% win probability lost!

Craig Gentry Suicide Squeeze

Game: Boston at Texas, July 25 (box, 5-3 Rangers win)
Situation: Bottom 4, one out, 1-0 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Texas down 2-1
Pitcher: Josh Beckett
Batter: Craig Gentry
Runner on 3rd: David Murphy

Leverage index: 2.1
Win probability added: +1.5%

Oh, so pretty!

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

Omar Vizquel Safety Squeeze

Game: Toronto at Texas (box, 8-7 Rangers win)
Situation: Top 6, one out, 1-1 count, runner at 1st/3rd, Blue Jays up 3-2
Pitcher: Colby Lewis
Batter: Omar Vizquel
Runner on 3rd: Brett Lawrie

Leverage index: 1.94
Win probability added: +7.1%

I’d really like to see some stats on Vizquel’s bunting in the late ’90s when he was batting second for those stacked Cleveland teams. Alas, Fangraphs’ bunting data only goes back to 2002. In my mind, they’re all like this one: right down the line, leaving the pitcher flailing.

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