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Question time: What do TV baseball commentators say that you hate?

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Last night, during the Dodgers/Braves game, the Braves were up by 6, in the seventh inning and the bases loaded, the commentator said, “The Dodgers would prefer another hit instead of a grand slam”. “Keep the chain moving.” It is just an incredibly stupid thing to say. It is a variation on the ‘home runs are rally killers’ theme.

But yes, teams would rather have runs go up on the board than get another single and hope that they get 3 more singles in a row to get to the same point. The thought behind his rather silly statement is that having runners on base puts pressure on the pitcher, not thinking that a 2-run game puts more pressure on a pitcher than a 5-run game.

I mean, yeah, it would be great to get all the runs needed that inning, but I don’t see that getting the grand slam makes the chance of getting all those runs all that much less. I want the four runs now, and then I have 2 plus innings to get a bloop and a blast to tie the game. I always want runs on the board now. The odds are slim that a team is going to string together enough singles to score several runs.

As it turned out, the Dodgers only got 1 run off the bases loaded, 1-out situation, which ended their last real chance to get back into the game.


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