I don’t know if it is a terrible call but I think Boston was expecting it. We have to remember the situational context. Angels had won a 100 games that year but were facing a familiar situation, down again in a playoff series against Boston. After losing the first two games at home, they fought hard to win game 3 and came back to tie up game 4 late.
Morales ends up getting the double and Willits pinch running for him, gets bunted over to third. I believe that was the sequence.
Now here are the Angels 90 feet away from taking the lead and hoping Frankie doesn’t pull a game 2 and blow it. Get back to Anaheim and beat Boston finally. Another thing to remember was, except for Napoli’s homeruns in game 3, Angels offense wasn't doing great. Most of their hits were singles if I remember correctly.
So what’s going through Mikes head? Can he trust his offense to get a hit or at a minimum a sac fly? Or does he feel the suicide squeeze is the safer bet if he doesn’t trust his offense. Problem is, is Boston expecting it? This isn’t a middle of July game. It’s do or die for the Angels and the Red Sox would rather close it out. I would say Boston is expecting it in my opinion.
I don’t know if it was a bad call but I wouldn’t have done it. I would have hoped for the sac fly.
Looking at the video, I would say it was a tough pitch to bunt for Aybar. Just a tough situation.