Joe Girardi: PLEASE STOP BUNTING
The situation: tie game, men on first and second, no outs. Johnny Damon (he of the 25 home runs and the poor bunting history) is at the plate.
Damon bunts: foul, strike one.
Damon bunts: foul, strike two.
Damon bunts!!!!!!: sacrifice
The runners move up, everyone congratulates Damon... and the Angels promptly walk Mark Texieria with first base open.
If it were Brett Gardner, Ramiro Pena, or say Jose Molina at the plate, OK, fine, sacrifice away. Damon has a shot to win the game there, and even a deep fly gets the man to third with one out.
The double-play will still be in effect because of course the Angels walk Tex.
Sometimes this year it seems Girardi has fallen in love with the bunt (especially with Jeter) but it's such a poor percentage play that he needs to knock it off.
Also it could be just me, but it seems they mostly bunt against the Angels and Rays, teams built on small/Ozzie/slap/speed-ball.
Labels: bunting, girardi is an idiot, joe girardi, johnny damon
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 4:38 PM