Runner on first base, two outs, Dodger's Joc Pederson at the plate...It probably makes sense to swing away. Pederson has pop, and it's going to require two singles to score the guy from first. Make that two outs and a guy on 2nd, well then the equation changes some, doesn't it?
My sense is that "situational" hitting seems to have died as a MLB point-of-emphasis. Lift and Separate, er, I mean Pull and Elevate is the every-AB mode of attack.
I've bored you guys before with Kyle Seager's lost singles data, but let me add a bit more to hammer at my point: Seager's exit velocity over the past 4 years has been 88.9, 90.1, 87.8, 89.6. This year he's hitting the ball hard in 39.8% of his AB's, up over '15 and '17, but slightly below '16. That number is well above his career average. He's on pace to have 120 hits this season. 120! His previous low is 144...last season. He's on track to have 70 singles. Yep...just 70! He had 83 last season, and ran numbers between 95-105 every season before that. He's hitting the ball as hard or harder than he ever did, yet he's losing 30 singles a season.
The Shift does that.
But it illustrates the idea that situational hitting, in Kyle's case of simply refusing to try to hit it where they ain't, seems to be a lost philosophy.
By the way: I thought the first Felix bunt atempt last night was fairly silly, considering the time it takes him to get down to 1B is measured in weeks, but the subsequent one (after the failed first attempt) was moronic. Anything other than a perfect bunt was likely going to be a DP, maybe even the 3rd to 1st variety.
We would have been better off having him swing feebly at the first three pitches and walk back to the dugout, intentional K in the books.