Rare during the regular season, sacrifice bunts still used in the postseason

Like leaf-peeping and pumpkin-spice coffee drinks, bunting has become a staple only of October. The growth of advanced analytics — and the use of run-expectancy charts in particular — have seen teams all but abandon the sacrifice bunt as a tool for scoring, relying instead on hits, and extra-base hits, to drive in runs. The average team bunted more than 70 times per season back in 1981 and more than 50 times per season as recently as 2011. That number fell to just […]