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Discussion: 5 on third

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March 11, 2013
Men's 65
2 posts
5 on third
I had this discussion with my pitcher last tournament
With the 5th run on third and less than 2 outs I move outfielders in just enouth so they can have a chance to throw the guy out at home on a popup in the outfiels or a line drive caught.
My pitcher argues that with 5 on third and a runner on first we should leave the outfielders deeper to make the batter think about having to hit a long enough fly and perhaps more of a chance for a double play ball.

I don't buy it. You might as well take the outfielders off the field if he can only catch the ball and 5 still scores on a sac fly. Its true most of the time the runner scores but why not have a chance to stop the run with a short fly ball or line drive caught.
I just dont think players are dumb enough to let outfielders playing deeper confuse them enough to mess up their concentration. If its a ground ball you can still turn the DP no matter where the outfielders are.

Can anyone change my mind
March 12, 2013
Men's 65
2237 posts
Big-you are absolutely correct-outfielders need to play where they can throw a runner out at home on a fly ball. Any deeper and they might as well not even be out there. I even advocate a 5 man infield for these plays in case the batter does hit a ground ball by mistake.
March 12, 2013
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
Big00al, with my arm, playing the outfield, in this situation I become the fifth infielder! lol. I agree with your logic, and when I'm pitching, most of my outfielders have a decent arm and hope for the popup.
March 13, 2013
the answer
Men's 60
112 posts
personally I think the outfielders in general play way too deep..especially those who are playing the hitters opposite field
March 14, 2013
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
the answer...and would you not play deep with the equipment we use now,your a fool if you don't.......

OF'ers should only play to the limit of their arm's for the 5th run at 3rd and less than 2 outs....
March 14, 2013
Men's 55
178 posts
I agree with Webbie25 on this one. Outfielders must play at a depth where they can throw a runner out, but I like to move an outfielder into the infield in hopes of getting a ground ball that you may have a chance of turning two. As an outfielder, with these bats and balls you have to play deeper in order to cover the gaps. Unless you know the hitter there are too many guys who will drop singles all day and burn you if you move in.
March 16, 2013
Wayne 37
Men's 60
397 posts
Sometimes it is good to walk a batter in the situation just to get a big bat out the way, which could bring up another big bat. Like killing two birds with one stone. They probably get the run in, but that happens most the time anyway. Make borderline pitches to the second big bat, and see if you can get them to chase one, and make any easy out.
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