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Good Pirate analysis? Walk this way

April 10, 2007 - Neil Rudel

Bob Walk reinforced what an excellent, objective analyst he is Tuesday night.

Even though he is paid by the Pirates, Walk justifiably questioned Manager Jim Tracy's strategy.

With Bucs at first and second and none out in the 10th inning of a then 2-2 tie against St. Louis, Walk questioned why the Pirates would be bunting, pointing out there was no place for the bunt to be safely placed.

Walk illustrated how the appropriate strategy was for the hitter, Jack Wilson, to slap something toward the shortstop, who was moving to third, or the second baseman, which would have at least gotten Brad Eldred to third with one out. The fact that Eldred, not the fleetest of Bucs, was at second further underscored Walk's point.

Wilson, though, bunted, and the Cardinals threw out Eldred at third. The Pirates wound up getting nothing in the inning and lost 3-2 in 12.

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