Tagged: suicide squeeze

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
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This week in squeeze: August 2 – August 8

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!

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
8/3/2013 Eric Sogard OAK TEX Safety Run Link
8/3/2013 Josh Harrison PIT COL Suicide Run Link
8/4/2013 Taylor Jordan WSN @MIL Safety Run Link
8/4/2013 Jeff Bianchi MIL WSN Suicide Run Link
8/5/2013 Brandon Barnes HOU BOS Suicide Run Link
8/5/2013 Tyler Thornburg MIL @SFG Suicide Fail Link
8/8/2013 Carlos Ruiz PHI CHC Safety Run Link

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 73 39 23
Brewers 11 7 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

This week in squeeze: June 14 – June 20

It was an eventful week for San Diego with two squeeze attempts. Against the Giants in extra innings, they called on starting pitcher Andrew Cashner to pinch hit, and he dropped down a beauty to take the lead. A couple days later against the Giants, they tried to tack on run late but instead got some first hand evidence that Adrian Gonzalez is awesome defensively.

Date (box) Batter Team Vs. Squeeze Result Video
6/16/2013 Jordan Schafer ATL SFG Suicide Run Link
6/16/2013 Johnny Cueto CIN MIL Suicide Run Link
6/17/2013 Alcides Escobar KCR @CLE Safety Fail Link
6/17/2013 Andrew Cashner SDP @SFG Safety Run Link
6/18/2013 Marwin Gonzalez HOU MIL Safety Run Link
6/20/2013 Will Venable SDP LAD Safety Fail Link

Updated season leaders (full list)

Team Attempts Runs Scored Fails
MLB TOTAL 47 24 16
Brewers 6 4 1
Astros 6 3 3
Padres 5 2 2
Braves 4 3 1

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

Pete Kozma Suicide Squeeze / Jordan Schafer Suicide Squeeze

Game: St. Louis vs. Milwaukee, 2013/5/19 (box, 4-2 Cardinals win)
Situation: Bottom 4, one out, 2-1 count, runners at 1st/3rd, St. Louis ahead 3-0
Pitcher: Kyle Lohse
Batter: Pete Kozma
Runner on 3rd: Jon Jay

Leverage index: 0.86
Win probability added: +3.0%

MLB.com video

Game: Atlanta vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 2013/5/19 (box, 5-2 Braves win)
Situation: Bottom 8, one out, 1-1 count, runners at 1st/3rd, Atlanta ahead 4-2
Pitcher: Brandon League
Batter: Jordan Schafer
Runner on 3rd: Gerald Laird

Leverage index: 0.50
Win probability added: +1.2%

MLB.com video

The only successful suicide squeeze this year was on April 13 when Marwin Gonzalez pulled the rare bases-loaded squeeze for the Astros against the Angels. Since then, the Orioles, Braves (twice!), Brewers, Angels, and Cardinals have all been burned on the suicide. Today Atlanta and St. Louis both plated insurance runs with beautifully executed plays.

Brendan Harris Suicide Squeeze Fail

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.