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Why won't Boston bunt on Cabrera?

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07:21 AM ET 10.16 | With the way the Red Sox are hitting in the ALCS, have they considered laying down a bunt or two? [It's] a perfectly reasonable question given how hobbled Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has looked at times this postseason. But bunting for a base hit isn't exactly a guarantee, either, especially with Cabrera's common defensive alignment throughout the series. "Against the guys that are bunting threats, he has been [darn] near even with the mound," Farrell told reporters. "He's 45 feet from home plate." ... [Boston] can't force the issue if the opportunity isn't there. Plus, Detroit's starting pitchers have made life difficult for Boston's hitters. "We're facing guys that are throwing mid and upper 90's," Farrell said. "To say, 'Let's just go ahead and bunt,' I mean, it's not that [expletive] easy."

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October 16, 2013  07:26 AM ET

Same reason Ortiz doesn't bunt or try to hit to left field when they shift the defense for him...

October 16, 2013  07:49 AM ET

Since they answered their own question in the article, I designate this as the FN POS of the day (FanNation Page One Story so the mods don't delete me).

October 16, 2013  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Since they answered their own question in the article, I designate this as the FN POS of the day (FanNation Page One Story so the mods don't delete me).

FN+1

October 16, 2013  08:02 AM ET

It would be kind of fun to see Miggy vomit on the ball when he tried to field a bunt.
I would guess that Fatty Fielder never tries to field bunts, it's up to the C or P if it gets laid down the first base line? He doesn't exactly look like Keith Hernandez over there.

October 16, 2013  08:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

FN+1

THE PK IS IN THE HOUSE!!!
<the sparse and drowsy crowd goes as wild as they can without spilling coffee>

October 16, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Lackey really manned up yesterday...I thought the Bosox were in big trouble when Verlander started slicing through them like a chainsaw through butter. Incredible that the game tipped on a single swing from Napoli with all that great pitching on both sides.

October 16, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Lackey really manned up yesterday...I thought the Bosox were in big trouble when Verlander started slicing through them like a chainsaw through butter. Incredible that the game tipped on a single swing from Napoli with all that great pitching on both sides.

I don't think Lackey could possibly pitch any better than he did yesterday.

October 16, 2013  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Lackey really manned up yesterday...I thought the Bosox were in big trouble when Verlander started slicing through them like a chainsaw through butter. Incredible that the game tipped on a single swing from Napoli with all that great pitching on both sides.

The delay worked to my benefit, got to see the fifth inning. Lackey and Verlander both pitched their butts off. As a fan of the pitchers duel, especially in the playoffs, I was pleased.

Man, is Fielder a tub of goo or what? The weight will catch up with him eventually.

October 16, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The delay worked to my benefit, got to see the fifth inning. Lackey and Verlander both pitched their butts off. As a fan of the pitchers duel, especially in the playoffs, I was pleased.Man, is Fielder a tub of goo or what? The weight will catch up with him eventually.

The pitching in just about all of the LCS games has been tremendous. I have LOVED IT. Great games. Every swing a meaningful swat. Fun at the ball park....

October 16, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Oh - and morning all. Been working proposals out the yin-yang and just haven't had time to get online. Even worked the Monday Holiday.

October 16, 2013  08:40 AM ET

I'm tempted to elicit a pseudo alacran run......

October 16, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Oh - and morning all. Been working proposals out the yin-yang and just haven't had time to get online. Even worked the Monday Holiday.

What holiday?
I think somebody high in our company must be Native American and not inclined to celebrate Columbus Day.

October 16, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The delay worked to my benefit, got to see the fifth inning. Lackey and Verlander both pitched their butts off. As a fan of the pitchers duel, especially in the playoffs, I was pleased.Man, is Fielder a tub of goo or what? The weight will catch up with him eventually.

I think Fielder will crash fast (like his pop, who was also pretty durable for a while) and balloon up to 400 lbs after he retires in his mid 30s.
Did you see the Fat Prince nab a nacho from a fan after failing to chase down a pop fly at the end of the season?

October 16, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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What holiday?I think somebody high in our company must be Native American and not inclined to celebrate Columbus Day.

Well - no matter you company's viewpoint, it's a government holiday.... which makes the offense taken at the Washington's NFL team name even more humorous. Especially given what Columbus had done to the native Americans in the land he presumptuously "discovered"?

October 16, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Well - no matter you company's viewpoint, it's a government holiday.... which makes the offense taken at the Washington's NFL team name even more humorous. Especially given what Columbus had done to the native Americans in the land he presumptuously "discovered"?

its not a stock market holiday

October 16, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

its not a stock market holiday

Don't think that is the only one - is it?

http://www.thestreet.com/stock-market-news/11771386/market-holidays-2013.h tml

October 16, 2013  09:01 AM ET

And here is 2014's schedule..... Good Friday off, but Columbus Day, and Veteran's Day, no......

http://markets.on.nytimes.com/research/markets/holidays/holidays.asp?displ ay=market&timeOffset=1&exchange=NYQ

October 16, 2013  09:05 AM ET

I for one would love to see somebody try a bunt, (Steven Drew?). If nothing else make Miggy put some strain on that injured groin, and prove he can make the play.

October 16, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I for one would love to see somebody try a bunt, (Steven Drew?). If nothing else make Miggy put some strain on that injured groin, and prove he can make the play.

I agree. And when they put on those ridiculous shifts with one or no outs, have the big guys doing it too...... It's ridiculous.

 
October 16, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Heck, Cano had a bunt DOUBLE!!!!!!!

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