Hooray Smallball!

It’s the bottom of the 9th, tied 3-3 between the Tigers and the Royals. Craig Monroe leads off with a single, with Marcus Thames on deck. Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland – much to the broadcasters’ delight – elects to pinch-hit Omar Infante for Marcus Thames, because “you’ve gotta move the runner over” and “play for one run”. A quick comparison, with special emphasis on SLG (because if the Tigers are playing for one run, then an extra-base hit is really valuable in this situation with a runner on first):

  • Omar Infante: career 81 OPS+, .389 SLG
  • Marcus Thames: career 108 OPS+, .493 SLG

Infante bunts, and Monroe is thrown out at second. Still tied 3-3, runner on 1st, 1 out. Whoops.


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