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1 Deep, But Playable: Almost Always Counts (Emotionally) by Craig Goldstein
0 BP Unfiltered: Cat-and-Mouse with Kevin Kiermaier by Chris Mosch
4 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/27 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
2 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/20 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
0 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/13 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
0 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/16 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
3 Overthinking It: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/30 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 453: The Continuing Effort to Counter the Shift by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
14 Overthinking It: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/2 by Ben Lindbergh
4 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 4/25 by Ben Lindbergh
2 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 4/18 by Ben Lindbergh
6 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 4/11 by Ben Lindbergh
9 What You Need to Know: Opening Night Action by Daniel Rathman
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 311: The Postseason Mythbusters Edition by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
27 Baseball Therapy: What My Four-Year-Old Taught Me About Bunting by Russell A. Carleton
21 Manufactured Runs: SABR and the Importance of Preserving Sabermetric History by Colin Wyers
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 36: How Not to Solve the Yankees' Problems/Bobby Valentine Says Some More Strange Things by Ben Lindbergh and Jason Wojciechowski
15 Prospectus Hit and Run: Donnie Buntball by Jay Jaffe
18 Out of Left Field: The Art of Enjoying Spring Training by Matthew Kory
0 Schrodinger's Bat: Clearing the Decks by Dan Fox
0 Schrodinger's Bat: Dropping One Down, Part Two by Dan Fox
0 Schrodinger's Bat: Dropping One Down by Dan Fox
0 Prospectus Today: Smart Ball by Joe Sheehan
0 Prospectus Game of the Week: Detroit Tigers @ Baltimore Orioles, 5/29/05 by Jonah Keri
Is bunting to break up a no-hitter only controversial because of how our brains work?
The date is June 21, and
has just struck out Justin Verlander for the first out of the fifth inning. It was his 10th strikeout of the game, and if it wasn’t vintage Verlander that’s only because he didn’t throw his (once) devastating changeup, instead relying on a curveball with more drop than a Tiesto banger to play off his riding, mid-90s heater. Mitch Haniger Read the full article... How have the Rays outfielder's opponents shifted against him with the bunt in mind?
At the end of May, I introduced the idea that some teams were going from playing nearly straightaway to using a full overshift once the count went to two strikes against certain pull-heavy lefties whom they deemed threats to bunt. The idea was that teams would probably prefer to implement a full overshift earlier in the count, but were hindered by the hitter’s ability to bunt for a base hit. This was inspired by the Orioles using a two-strike overshift numerous times against , and the Pirates doing it a couple of times against both Michael Bourn and Denard Span . Danny Espinosa Read the full article...
This week's bunts (including the first attempt by a right-hander), plus a look at aggressive counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.
This week's bunts (including three first-timers, two near-misses, and Joey Gallo), plus a look at counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.
This week's bunts (including two big debuts), plus a look at counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.
This week's bunts, plus a look at counter-adjustments by opposing defenses. This week's bunts, a chat with Chip Hale, and a new trend in defensive shifts. Plus: Ted Williams.
Last month I
started a season-long series (continued here, here, here, here, and here) devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the seventh installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one: Read the full article...
Ben and Sam banter about position player pitchers and Andrelton Simmons, then discuss batters' latest attempts to bunt to beat the shift. The latest exciting developments in the back-and-forth battle between batters/bunters and defenders.
Last month I
started a season-long series (continued here and here) devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the third installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one: Read the full article...
Earlier this month I
started a season-long series devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the third installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one: Read the full article... The second installment of a series designed to reveal whether batters are striking back against defensive shifts.
Last week I
started a season-long series devoted to tracking bunts for base hits with the infield shift in effect; this is the second installment. To bring you up to speed on the series’ premise and methodology will take but two brief excerpts. Excerpt one: Read the full article... The start of a new series.
One of my obsessions this season is the defensive shift—specifically, what batters are going to do about it. I
covered this subject at length last month, but here’s how I boiled it down in last week’s Lineup Card: Read the full article...