All I can say about Sunday’s 4-3 loss is this.
Why do we treat every left-hand hitter (defensively) like Barry Bonds? I wish I could find a stat that shows Yost and the coaching staff that these shifts are hurting more than they are helping.
I’m not 80 years old but the way this game is played today sure is different from the way I was taught. I was taught that the corner infielders should guard the foul lines late in games.
Yesterday with Mike Jacobs at the plate and a runner on first facing left-hander Brian Shouse, Yost employs this idiotic shift. A few points here.
- A lefty (Jacobs) vs Lefty (Shouse) matchup.
- A side-to-submarine thrower in Shouse means Jacobs will see the ball late regardless of its lack of velocity (Shouse throws in the mid to high 80′s at best).
- The runner on 1st is the winning run.
- Yet, the shift is on while Jacobs’ ground ball goes where our 3rd basemen would normally be positioned.
Another game lost!
Maybe I’m making a big deal about it. Guess what? There is about a dozen of these type of games that the Brewers have given away. Spin a dozen games in the other direction and we are in 1st place in the division right now.
The players seem confused at times and I can’t blame them. The serious baseball fans are just as confused. The media, both print and audio has given this coaching staff a free pass. Why?