During his 12-year major-league career, Sean Casey never had a sacrifice bunt.
So perhaps it’s a little odd to hear his take on the bunt ahead of the World Series, now that he’s an analyst for the MLB Network. The Giants and Royals aren’t afraid to drop a bunt and play small-ball, which Casey admires.
“Nowadays, all these sabermetricians and all these gurus say, ‘do away with the bunt,’ but both of these teams are scoring a lot of runs on the bunt and having a bullpen,” said Casey, who played for the Indians, Reds, Pirates, Tigers and Red Sox. “If you play like it’s a six-inning game, because you have such good backend help and you can manufacture a couple of runs early ... the little things are way more important when you have a great bullpen like both these teams do.”
Casey had a tough time picking a winner for the World Series, because he is impressed with how they were built.
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“You go up and down those lineups and you see a lot of really good baseball players,” Casey said. “You don’t see superstars, but they are really good top to bottom. There is no weak link. There is no guy that is just a good defensive player. Everyone can swing the sticks, most of them can hold their own in the batter’s box and most of the guys are really good defenders. Both sides pitch really well.”
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