The Sacrifice Bunt Is a Scourge

Dave · May 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

The worst. Bunting is just the worst.


25 Responses to “The Sacrifice Bunt Is a Scourge”

  1. Westside guy on May 8th, 2012 10:36 pm

    Even by old-school standards, I don’t think that move made much sense. We were down by two runs, the pitcher was having trouble finding the plate, and our best hitter was up.

  2. ck on May 8th, 2012 10:37 pm

    Bad decision by Wedge — Ackley should be allowed to hit, especially after the first two batters were walked, and a good pitch was likely. Wedge gave away an out, and Ryan was overmatched.

  3. Milendriel on May 8th, 2012 10:41 pm

    Not only that, but it took the bat out of Ichiro’s hands.

  4. MissouriMariner on May 8th, 2012 10:46 pm

    Dumb move

  5. IdahoInvader on May 8th, 2012 10:49 pm

    Unfortunately this is hardly Wedge’s first completely dumbazz in-game decision. That’s like noticing Prince ate too many Twinkies or something.

    A daily (or maybe hourly) occurrence.

    Granted, this one was even stupid for Wedge. Still can’t believe Ryan hit in the 9th w/ men on base.

  6. stevemotivateir on May 8th, 2012 10:49 pm

    Yeah, Valverde was having control issues, and Ackley has the LHB. Made no sense to have him bunt with Ryan on deck. But this is not a huge surprise. Despite the win last night, Wedge’s decisions don’t seem to follow protocol.

  7. IdahoInvader on May 8th, 2012 10:50 pm

    Another good way to judge the stupidity level of the decision:

    Ask yourselves this…..was Detroit worried or relieved Ackley was bunting?

  8. Slats on May 8th, 2012 10:56 pm

    Wedge is just the worst!!

  9. Des71 on May 8th, 2012 11:26 pm

    I long for a manager with the mind and methods of Joe Maddon. He improves his team’s chance of winning baseball games. The Mariner manager does not.

  10. Kris on May 8th, 2012 11:35 pm

    I was screaming at the radio “Bunting Ackley?! Are you effin’ kidding me?”

    And Wedge defended it in his post game comments a and Ackley is about to be on the post-game show apparently dragging himself over the coals for not getting it down. He shouldn’t have been asked to do it. That was sheer stupidity.

  11. PackBob on May 8th, 2012 11:56 pm

    Same for the bunt last night. Nothing was said, I guess because of the win. Last night was maybe worse, since it moved a runner from scoring position to a little better scoring postion at the cost of an out.

    And a bunt is never a sure thing, as Ackley showed tonight.

  12. Westside guy on May 8th, 2012 11:56 pm

    Maybe we could trade Figgins and a Manager To Be Named Later to Tampa Bay for Joe Maddon.

  13. nickwest1976 on May 8th, 2012 11:59 pm

    Was going crazy when Ackley was bunting. Two things: 1) Why give a pitcher that has walked the first two guys an out? 2) Why bunt with a good hitter in Ackley when a bad hitter in Ryan is on deck?

    Ackley has good speed so he is likely not going to hit in to the double play.

    I hated the move and would have loved to have seen how that inning would have played out with Ackley being allowed to swing away.

  14. Breadbaker on May 9th, 2012 12:10 am

    Last night’s bunt was defensible. The analysis was about scoring a single run that ended the game, which completely changes the calculus.

    MGL argues that some bunts make sense if what they do is change the defense sufficiently to take advantage of it. Particularly with Cabrera at third, there are some interesting things that can happen with an unexpected bunt, or with the threat of a bunt.

    The problem is that Wedge is such a predictable manager, in not a complimentary way, that a competent manager on the other side can throw that calculation out the window. They can figure out when he’s going to bunt, giggle and play the bunt when it’s on, and blow a third strike by Ackley when it’s not.

  15. Kris on May 9th, 2012 12:13 am

    Why bunt with a good hitter in Ackley when a bad hitter in Ryan is on deck?

    And the Ryan at bat demonstrated why bunting was such a bad idea. He hits into a sure double play and they muff it. Put the damn ball in play and see what happens.

  16. just a fan on May 9th, 2012 12:14 am

    Maybe if Ryan was up and Ackley was on deck, there’s an argument.

    But Ackley up and Ryan on deck? So frustrating to watch.

  17. IdahoInvader on May 9th, 2012 12:16 am

    A real manager doesn’t let Ryan bat in the 9th inning of a close game….period

  18. low on May 9th, 2012 12:25 am

    Who was available off the bench to PH for Ryan?

  19. just a fan on May 9th, 2012 12:29 am

    Wells, Liddi, Kawasaki

  20. Choo on May 9th, 2012 12:33 am

    Angie Mentink.

  21. samregens on May 9th, 2012 4:11 am

    It wasn’t a smart call by Wedge, especially with Ryan on deck, but Ackley is also a numbnuts for not being able to get a simple bunt down.

    The M’s have had some awfully weird good luck against the Tigers (Rayburn, being able to score runs, yesterday’s game, etc., etc.), and tonight again they were trying with all their power to hand us a great improbable win, but the Mariners also did their best to fuck things up (Wedge, Ackley, some lily fans) like usual, and the M’s won out (i.e. lost the game).

    It sure would have been neat to pull off this win. Sigh.

  22. raul_podzednick on May 9th, 2012 7:37 am

    Not Pinch Hitting for Ryan should be grounds for immediate dismisal. I have not been that down on Wedge but there is NO WAY to defend that. That is your job, you are a major league manager. You are not doing your job. PH Liddi and if it goes extra innings put in Kawasaki. Not a difficult decision.

  23. raul_podzednick on May 9th, 2012 7:43 am

    “Our guys, they weren’t giving away at bats,” Wedge said.

    Except when they were ordered to in stupid situations.

  24. IwearMsHats on May 9th, 2012 8:41 am

    I was at the game with my 7 year old and I blurted out cusses when I saw Ackley square around to bunt. My son asked what is wrong and I told him how stupid bunting was, especially with Ackley up. So my son started chanting an anti-bunt chant. I was proud.

  25. collage on May 9th, 2012 9:25 am

    Come on… Ryan been real hot with the bat and The Wedge Meister wanted to show he had ‘confidence’ in the good-field-no-hit SS. Wedge is such an effin’ disaster…

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