Conventional wisdom in baseball says it’s worth being more aggressive to send a runner from third base with two outs. With two outs, you may consider sending a runner on a play in the outfield that you wouldn’t with less than two outs. If you view a play as a 50/50 chance of scoring, a 50% chance of scoring is still a higher chance of scoring than it would be with the next guy at the plate (well, maybe not when it comes to Eric Thames right now). It hurts your chance at a big inning, of course, but in a close game, that one run could be huge.
But teams may want to be quite a bit more conservative when it comes to testing the arm of Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, and the San Francisco Giants got that lesson on Monday night at AT&T Park.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, Brandon Belt tried to score on a Buster Posey single into right field, and Puig gunned him down at the plate with this laser throw:
Amazing throws are certainly nothing new when it comes to Puig. This throw he made at Coors Field last year has to rank up there for one of the greatest throws in baseball history: