Sunday, August 22, 2010

Michael Bourn has no problem getting it up

It's keeping the bunt down that's the problem. (What? You thought I meant someone else?)

In Zach Levine's Notes Column, he talks about Michael Bourn and his current inability to get on base. Mills wants him to start bunting more:

He sat down with manager Brad Mills recently to watch film of bunting with the idea that more bunts might jump-start his game by forcing infielders out of normal position.

“It’s a situation where his legs are one of the biggest tools he has,” Mills said. “Any way a guy can incorporate the tools that he has into the game that he plays and how he goes about it (helps).”

Last season, 37 of Bourn’s balls in play were bunts — good for 7.8 percent of his total balls in play. This year, the 19 bunts in play represent only 5.5 percent. He had 17 bunt hits a year ago and entered Saturday with just six this year.

“I’ve been bunting a little bit more (lately), and sometimes I’m just not getting it down,” Bourn said.