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Locked On Phillies 8/13: Does it make sense for Bryce Harper to bunt?


On the Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 edition of Locked On Phillies, Phillies Nation Editorial Director Tim Kelly looks back at the team’s battle with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.

Bryce Harper is off to a quick start in 2020. (Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

Later in the show, Kelly weighs the pros and cons of Bryce Harper bunting.

Locked On Phillies is a daily Philadelphia Phillies podcast hosted by Tim Kelly that began in March of 2019 and is part of The Locked On Podcast Network. The show is available Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and all streaming platforms.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Keg

    August 13, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Of course it makes sense. It actually opened up the opposite side of the field later in the game. The act of bunting has also been known to help a batter focus on pitching.

  2. pamikeydc

    August 13, 2020 at 8:01 am

    I completely agree with you Keg. All this talk about all the Phillies do is hit homeruns and cannot get runners on base and score. Look what happened. The runner, Harper, scored. I get it, media outlets need stories to talk about and discuss but this isn’t one of them

  3. Bill

    August 13, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I love that Bryce laid down the bunt to beat the shift! And it led to a productive inning. Now please tell me why Roman Quinn, who runs 100 mph, when faced with a similar shift (no one playing the 3B position), isn’t bunting every single at bat? Seriously, every single time until they take that shift off.

    • Keg

      August 13, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      He probably remembers when we had Ben Revere, and how everyone hated having a guy that bated 300, and had 200 his a year. He just wants to fit in.

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