Monday, April 02, 2007

More Baserunning Mishaps

The situation: Red Sox down by four, top 6, bases empty, no outs.

The play: Kevin Youkilis hits a ground ball to third. With two guys backing up the throw, Royals third baseman Alex Gordon throws wildly to first. Youkilis attempts to take second and is easily gunned down.

Apparently Euclis and the Red Sox coaching staff didn't read yesterday's posts. Regardless, the lesson is fairly simple. When in doubt, DON'T risk outs when your team needs a lot of runs to get back in the game. This goes double with none out in the inning and triple with Ortiz and Manny batting behind you.

The Red Sox offense is deliberately constructed to produce big innings, not to nickel-and-dime the opponents to death. Perhaps they should do a better job of preaching this philosophy to the players.

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