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March 31, 2014

What You Need to Know

Opening Night Action

by Daniel Rathman


The Opening Night Takeaway
Last May, Jason Wojciechowski wrote about “Bunts That Lead to Big Things.” One of his takeaways: It makes sense to bunt “when you’re fast, and the pitcher isn’t so sure of anything he’s doing.”

That’s a lesson often applied in the lower levels of baseball, from Little League to high school, when pitchers are more likely to get rattled by adversity or need a few more PFP drills to get comfortable fielding their position. But as Jason discovered, and as we saw on Sunday, it can work against a big-league pennant hopeful, too.

After Hyun-jin Ryu’s seven-scoreless-inning bid to become the first pitcher in major-league history to collect two wins before the end of March, and after Seth Smith’s game-tying solo home run in his first Padres at-bat, the stage was set for precisely the scenario that Jason described.

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