Found October 18, 2013 on Midwest Sports Fans:
In the 2013 Major League Baseball playoffs, runs have been hard to come by at times. What I have noticed is that managers are choosing not to change their strategy and they continue to play status quo ball. They are sticking with trying for the long ball and not extending counts on pitchers often enough. Hitters are popping up or hitting into numerous double play balls. Bunts, walks, hit and runs and stolen bases have almost completely disappeared from this year’s postseason. The best teams in baseball should be able to adapt and manufacture runs when necessary. It’s as if baseball has lost its way and players can’t seem to get beyond their egos. Players are not remembering a golden rule of baseball: that a walk is as good as a hit. It seems like they all want to be the hero. Strikeouts are on the rise because of that mentality. During his recent hitting struggles, I can’t even count how many times I thought Austin Jackson of the Detroit Tigers should have tried to bunt to get on ba...
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