Matt asked: Why does third make the cut from left with a runner on second? What is the reason for the shortstop not to make the cut?
Rick answered: Thank you for your question!
There are two factors at work in this cut situation.
The first is the need to get the cutoff man lined up and set quickly for the left fielder. The third baseman is right there and can get into position far faster than the shortstop.
The second, and most important is that you want to utilize the outfielders throwing arm to make the longest part of this throw, as outfielders generally have stronger arms and will be moving into the ball as they throw. For the shortstop to set up as the cut, he would need to do so out in the skin part of the infield, thus making the outfielders throw much shorter. From that position the shortstop would also be unable to see the batter/runner going to second base, as the runner would be behind him. The 3B can see the runner in his perripheral vision, make the cut and the throw to second if needed.
Yours in baseball,
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