Tagged: red sox

Last weekend in squeeze: July 12 – July 14

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
7/12/2013 Norichika Aoki MIL @ARI Safety No go
7/12/2013 Jose Iglesias BOS @OAK Safety Fail Link
7/14/2013 Logan Schafer MIL @ARI Safety Run Link
7/14/2013 David Lough KCR @CLE Safety No go
7/14/2013 Pete Kozma STL @CHC Safety Run Link

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 63 32 22
Brewers 9 6 1
Astros 8 4 4
Braves 6 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

Lou Marson Suicide Squeeze

Game: Boston at Cleveland, August 11 (box, 5-2 Cleveland win)
Situation: Bottom 7, one out, 1-0 count, runner at 3rd, Cleveland up 3-2
Pitcher: Mark Melancon
Batter: Lou Marson
Runner on 3rd: Brent Lillibridge

Leverage index: 1.3
Win probability added: +3.3%

Another beautiful squeeze from a backup catcher.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +4 (+1, success; +1, suicide; +1, seventh inning or later; +1, right-handed pitcher)

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)

Daniel Nava Suicide Squeeze

Game: Boston at Chicago Cubs, June 17 (box, 7-4 Red Sox win)
Situation: Top 7, one out, 0-0 count, runner at 3rd, Boston up 5-3
Pitcher: James Russell
Batter: Daniel Nava
Runner on 3rd: Ryan Kalish

Leverage index: 1.0
Win probability added: +2.5%

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has a reputation for eschewing the sacrifice bunt. On the other hand, the squeeze is a special case (trading an out for a run is usually a good play). Bobby Valentine also has a reputation as a meddler, so I’m surprised that this was the Sox first squeeze attempt of the season.

Dandy Squeeze Score (what’s this?): +3 (+1, success; +1, suicide; +1, seventh inning or later)

Roger Bernadina Safety Squeeze Fail

Game: Washington at Boston, June 10 (box, 4-3 Nationals win)
Situation: Top 7, one out, 1-1 count, runners at 2nd/3rd, Washington down 2-1
Pitcher: Jon Lester
Batter: Roger Bernadina
Runner on 3rd: Ian Desmond

Leverage index: 2.6
Win probability added: -14.0%

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Here’s how it went down:

Bernadina sees three pitches, and he squares to bunt on all three. The first pitch is bunted foul on the ground down first base line foul. The second pitch is outside, and Bernadina doesn’t offer at it. The third pitch is a high fastball, and it’s bunted in the air straight to the first baseman. The Nats narrowly avoided disaster as Tyler Moore was almost doubled off second base on the play.

I have to think that showing bunt on three consecutive pitches played a role in this fail. A high fastball is the toughest pitch to bunt on the ground, and sure enough, Lester induces a pop up.

Bernadina redeemed himself in the ninth with a two-out, run scoring double that gave the Nats the lead for good.

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