Phillies fans don’t have much to look forward to this season, but if manager Ryne Sandberg has his way they’ll see plenty of bunts, hit-and-runs, stolen bases, and analytically questionable strategy designed to score one run at a time.
Already this spring the Phillies have bunted more often than any other two teams combined–including two bunts with runners in scoring position and zero outs Wednesday–and Sandberg told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that’s part of his “small ball” plan:
That’s something that I’m stressing this spring. We’re working on it. We’re practicing it. If it’s not a bunt, it could be a hit and run. Get a baserunner, make something happen–really to set the tone for the season. … I look at our bats and our type of team, and I think we’re going to have to be good at that game.
In other words: We can’t hit, so we might as well bunt.