Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Bunt Heard Round the World

Carlos Delgado finally laid down a bunt last night. You'd think we just discovered how to split an atom.

Delgado got himself an easy base hit by laying down a bunt down the third base line as the Nationals applied the "Delgado shift" and basically played 4 infielders on the right side of the infield. It makes perfect sense for Delgado to do this, but it makes you wonder why it took so long.

Sure the argument is going to be made that the Mets don't pay this guy to lay down bunts. We pay him to hit home runs and extra base hits.

Hmm, last I checked he wasn't doing much of those things either, so shouldn't we at least get the guy on base any way we can?

Delgado should do this once or twice a week for the rest of the season until team start easing up on the over compensated shift. Delgado has proven the saying "you can teach on old dog new tricks" since he has shown an inability to hit the ball to the opposite field or adjust his swing to exploit the shift.

Actually, he's not a bad bunter either. All I'm saying is if he's not hitting home runs, let's at least get some runners on base. Make Delgado worth something if he can't hit like he used to.

2 comments:

Andrew said...

Hear here. I've been saying that since last year, when Ortiz did it.

Andrew said...

Wow, did I type "hear here," really? At least I got it half right.