A trio of starters concerned their fans and fantasy team owners Tuesday: Indians ace Corey Kluber, Marlins’ Edinson Volquez and Rangers southpaw Cole Hamels.
Kluber left his start with lower back discomfort after allowing Cheap Vintage Jerseys NBA five earned runs in three innings against the Tigers, while Volquez exited with with a blister on his right thumb. The Marlins starter became the first starter in MLB history to allow eight walks and record nine strikeouts over less than five innings against the Rays.
Hamels wasn’t able to throw a pitch in his scheduled start against the Astros because he was scratched due to oblique tightness.
Modern baseball statistics — specifically, win probability added — have taught us that bunting almost always has a negative effect on a team’s probability of victory, whereas the sacrifice fly will, more often than not, increase a given team’s probability of victory. But for some reason, a batter is punished for the one that has the most positive influence on the outcome of a game for his team. In essence, a player is rewarded for the lesser “sacrifice,” while the greater “sacrifice” is perhaps made even greater because his on-base percentage incurs a penalty.
“The sacrifice fly should not count against the hitter in any way. It is helping your team score, which is a positive,” said Geoff Blum, who had 40 career sacrifice flies.
After all, a batter can intentionally hit a sac fly, just as he can lay down a sac bunt, right?
“You are correct,” Blum said. “Big leagues hitters try to and can hit medium fly balls for sacrifice flies. … The sacrifice fly is a guaranteed run. The sacrifice bunt is not.”