Bunting To Oblivian…pretty sure The Styrofoam Drone blog just gave them a smasheroo review.
This Royals team… I tell you… Every day it’s something new.
On Tuesday, it was Nervous Ned Yost explaining why he’s OK with Alcides Escobar bunting Alex Gordon over from first with nobody out in the first inning.
...Yost: “Do you know what our record is when we score first?” (It’s 38-16.) “That’s why I don’t have a problem with it.”
Good grief. It’s as if they’re running a 386 PC with Prodigy dialup service at One Royal Way. Yost’s comment is just so hollow… But it’s just another day at the office for Dayton Moore and his crew. Sadly, this is what we’ve come to expect from the Royals Brain Trust.
This was posted as a FanShot, but it deserves much more than that. So much more.
...This all leads me to the insanity that is bunting in the first inning because it allegedly sets up a run and the Royals record is so gosh-darn good when scoring first. Yosty is giving us a split. A meaningless nugget that tells us absolutely nothing. Most teams win games when they score first. That’s the Win Expectancy model I discussed above. To cite the Royals record when scoring first is just like when they were talking about juggling the rotation to start Brian Bannister in day games or some such nonsense. Splits are fun (at least to me) but by no means are they something you should build game strategy around.
Because in baseball, it really doesn’t matter who scores first. What matters is who scores most. And the best way to ensure you score the most runs is to value your outs.
The Royals don’t understand the value of the out. That’s why they win 43 percent of their games.