Defensive Situations

Cutoffs - Runner On Second

Single To Left Field

On a single to left field the third baseman will be the cutoff to home. The shortstop will cover third base. The pitcher will backup home. The catcher will make the call if a cut is needed and to what base. The center fielder should start toward left and once the ball has been fielded cleanly, he should go to back up second in case a throw is made there either from the cutoff or the catcher.

cutoff hit to left

Cutoffs - Runner On Second

Single To Center or Right Field

On a single to center or right field the first baseman will be the cutoff to home. The shortstop will cover second base. The second baseman will cover first. The pitcher will backup home. The catcher will make the call if a cut is needed and to what base. The diagram below shows both options, with the only difference being the position of the first baseman as the cutoff.

cutoff hit to left

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