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I have no problem with a guy like Beltran bunting for a hit if he thinks the defense is giving it to him.
"I did it because coming behind me is one of the best hitters (Allen Craig) with guys in scoring position and we're losing by two runs. It was an opportunity to get the guys over," Beltran said.
Manuel says little of bunt attempt
Interim manager not discussing Beltran's play in detail
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com | 06/22/08 2:49 PM ET
DENVER -- Jerry Manuel said nothing about the execution, nor about the effort. But when Carlos Beltran attempted to bunt with two men on base and no outs on Saturday, the Mets interim manager had to question his judgment.
"I kind of leave that up to him," Manuel said. "There will be a time when we'll discuss that. And with the other Carlos swinging the bat OK, I don't mind that play."
Beltran bunted foul, then ultimately grounded into a fielder's choice, before the "other Carlos" -- Delgado, by his family name -- hit into an inning-ending double play.
Had Beltran laid down the bunt successfully in that fourth inning, there would have been two men in scoring position for Delgado, who is hitting .241 on the season and slugging .417. Those are his lowest marks since becoming a full-time starter, and Beltran, in contrast, has been among the Mets' more productive players to date this season.
Which made his decision to bunt all the more debatable.
"Anytime you get a player that thinks team first, you have to applaud it," Manuel said. "But then again, you have to make sure it's in the right interest."
3. The third, and biggest issue, is that Matheny loves to bunt, even early in the game, and while the Cardinals are near the top of the league in bunt attempts, they are near the bottom of the league in success. Add to that the fact they have one of the best offenses in the league, and all this bunting IS a controversy.
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