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itsnotrequired
06-19-2006, 10:13 AM
You couldn't ask much more from the Sox pitchers this last series. Combined stats:

7 AB, 2 H, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 sac bunts

Awesome.

HawkDJ
06-19-2006, 10:14 AM
We should pinch hit some of our pitchers when we need a bunt.

Dan Mega
06-19-2006, 10:54 AM
We should pinch hit some of our pitchers when we need a bunt.

No kidding. The pitchers' bunts were practically textbook with their stance. They do better than some of the hitters.

MsSoxVixen22
06-19-2006, 10:59 AM
If you think about it, it makes perfect sense that pitchers would be good hitters.

itsnotrequired
06-19-2006, 11:01 AM
If you think about it, it makes perfect sense that pitchers would be good hitters.

That must be why pitchers bat 9th and win the batting title every year.

:rolleyes:

viagracat
06-19-2006, 11:18 AM
That must be why pitchers bat 9th and win the batting title every year.

:rolleyes:

Some pitchers can handle the bat pretty well. Don Drysdale was sometimes used as a pinch-hitter. I assume the Sox can identify those guys who might be able to get a bunt down (or even get a hit) should a situation such as a long extra-inning game come up. I've never totally understood why pitchers traditionally get a pass at the plate.

itsnotrequired
06-19-2006, 11:29 AM
Some pitchers can handle the bat pretty well. Don Drysdale was sometimes used as a pinch-hitter. I assume the Sox can identify those guys who might be able to get a bunt down (or even get a hit) should a situation such as a long extra-inning game come up. I've never totally understood why pitchers traditionally get a pass at the plate.

If you are late in a game, you don't want to burn up a pitcher just to get a bunt. Even carting a starter out there would be unwise from an injury standpoint.

Drysdale may have had a pinch-hit here or there but still had a .186 career AVE. Pitchers are there to pitch and should only bat when they are forced to (i.e. in the NL).

JohnBasedowYoda
06-19-2006, 12:09 PM
I hate it when you analyze.


Wait.

No, I love it when you analyze

IlliniSoxFan
06-19-2006, 12:15 PM
I still remember, with shudders, our series at the Marlins a couple years back, when the Marlins pinch hit Dontrelle Willis, who promptly smacked a RBI triple. Not a good memory. :smile:

Jjav829
06-19-2006, 12:33 PM
Some pitchers can handle the bat pretty well. Don Drysdale was sometimes used as a pinch-hitter. I assume the Sox can identify those guys who might be able to get a bunt down (or even get a hit) should a situation such as a long extra-inning game come up. I've never totally understood why pitchers traditionally get a pass at the plate.

It's completely fear of injury. There are quite a few pitchers who could probably have been quality hitters if they concentrated on it. But no manager wants to use a pitcher to bunt when they have other options. Just imagine if Ozzie called on Garland to bunt late in a game instead of someone like Mackowiak because he thought Garland was a better bunter. Then Garland accidentally left his finger exposed on a bunt and had it broken on the pitch. It's just not worth taking a chance on losing a pitcher for 6 weeks just to get a bunt down.

SBSoxFan
06-19-2006, 12:40 PM
It's just not worth taking a chance on losing a pitcher for 6 weeks just to get a bunt down.

How about a third baseman? :redneck