Now I know this is the American League, and I know that nobody on the team can bunt....but how come Maddon never uses the bunt? I can't really question Joe on many things, he continually proves that he is a great, smart, and when he needs it, lucky manager, and I really can't think of a better person to run this team.....but if I had a complaint about today's game, it was that it could have been won with a bunt.
In the sixth down by a run, Hinske singles with nobody out, and Zobrist comes up. If you are not going to bunt Zobrist in that situation, when is a good time to ever do it? Earlier in the game Aki doubled, and CC came up. In this situation, I can see not bunting, but say you do, Carl has a good chance to beat it, and we have Aki at third for a sac fly.
I know these are unpopular, small ball, NL type tactics, but for a team that has solid pitching that keeps the team in the game, and an offense that comes and goes, it wouldn't hurt to manufacture some runs. If I am totally wrong, please don't hesitate to call me out. It would probably make me feel better knowing I am the crazy one.
P.S.- with the Rays in NYC, I prepare myself to enter the forbidden temple of Yankee Stadium with full Rays gear tomorrow night......wish me luck that I may come out alive and victorious.