Will Scioscia ever get over it? Just ONCE, fake it.Last night was a prime example of a time NOT to have that play on....because it was Trout at the plate. Hot shot back to Cain who bobbles it and immediately throws home.If the stupid contact play is not an automatic for Scioscia in every like situation....Cain has to look at 3rd...and Trout is safe by a mile at first. Bases loaded.
I hate the contact play, only because MS refuses to switch it up, ever. Too predictable.
< Will Scioscia ever get over it? Just ONCE, fake it. >
As long as it is more successful than not the answer is probably "no". What purpose would faking it serve?
< The batter is still trying to get a hit. It simply means the runner on 3rd leaves upon contact. >
That's something a lot of people don't seem to understand, I bet if the runner left on contact on a HR they don't even notice. They only want to count the times it doesn't work and that is why they don't understand why its done, that it is successful a lot more times than not. It simply wouldn't make sense to do it otherwise. Also, if it didn't work as often as it does it seems to me that DiPoto's sabre guys would be preaching "don't do it", and there has been no evidence of that.
I dislike it more than most. I don't think it is successful more than 50% of the time, and the resulting out puts a guy on second, MAYBE, rather than a guy on third.
I was watching the pre-game yesterday and Jose was discussing it with GA. Garrett said the players for the most part really liked it as it "took the decision" out of our hands and heads. "We knew we were going to go."
Hard to believe.
They complain about EVERYTHING.
Do you know how often a hitter drives in a runner from 3rd with less than two outs?
What's the difference between a runner at 3rd and two outs and a runner at 2nd and two outs?
A wise person would know those numbers prior to commenting on a policy. You're obviously a wise person, so what are those numbers?
If that is the case, it makes more sense to go partway, and wait to see if the ball gets through."
Going partway doesn't really work with a drawn-in infield. And if the infield isn't drawn in, the defense is conceding the run anyway.
Scioscia doesn't always do it, either. With no outs, the contact play is bad -- but Scioscia only runs it with one out. I don't recall seeing the Angels do it lately with zero outs.