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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Managers’ insane strategy for winning games: Forget the win | New York Post

This is one of the dumbest sentences ever.

The reason: Winning baseball is being de-emphasized! Winning pitching is being lost to ridiculous bullpen strategies that remove effective starters after six or seven innings for no better reason than to further feed a formula founded on rabbit’s-foot fantasy.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: strategy

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Baseball making big shift in defensive strategy | The Sacramento Bee

Meulens is blunt about his feelings on the shift.

“It should be illegal, really,” he said. “Why should there be a guy standing in (shallow) right field?”

Well, for a defense, because it works. Baseball Info Solutions calculates shifts saved 267 runs last season and already have saved 194 this year. But while it’s easy for defenses to reposition an infielder or two, Meulens argues, it’s not so easy for hitters to adjust.

“It’s hard for guys to change their swings on 90-plus-mph fastballs, or on cutters inside,” Meulens said. “How are you going to hit that the other way? You’re going to pull it as a left-hander.”

Somewhat resignedly, Meulens said, that’s how the game has changed. Hitters may try to beat the shift with the occasional bunt, but many don’t feel comfortable doing so. Mostly, Meulens said, changing your approach against the shift is “the last thing you want to do.”

His advice to those hitters, then?

“Just hit the ball as hard as you can.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
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