The Trouble With Lefty Specialists, Bunting, and Other Discontents

Left-handed specialists, like all left-handers, are often wild. As such, they often end up passing the batters you want them to pitch to and pitching to the batters you want them to avoid -- as Troy Patton just demonstrated. Now the Yankees get Darren O'Day, a pitcher the Mets threw away long ago. His side-arming has been very tough on right-handed hitters.

Derek Jeter shows bunt: Back in the day, the writers used to mock Ted Williams for taking walks with runners in scoring position, claiming he was ducking the RBI situation and passing it off to the next guy. In this case, Jeter might have done a defensible thing given how O'Day being tough for same-side hitters to pick up. The only problem with giving up an out there is (a) you've given up an out there -- not so tautological a statement as you might think given how the sac bunt is akin to a self-inflicted wound, but Jeter still doesn''t get it, and (b) if Ichiro doesn't do it -- and he didn't -- A-Rod is unlikely to do it either. I wrote that as Rodriguez was coming to the plate, and I will leave it there regardless of what the former MVP/centaur does...

A-Rod Update: And no, he didn't.

A note from the previous frame: Derek Jeter took a tough error on the hot smash by Manny Machado. But then, I didn't think Coco Crisp deserved an error earlier today, after he broke back, then ran six miles to attempt a basket catch. You don't give errors on bad judgment, just misplays, and Crisp so much misplay the ball as fail to catch it.

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