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in scoring position

1. literally, in sports, to be within the distance from which scoring a goal, run, or other type of point is much more likely. Thanks to that play, the Jayhawks now have two runners in scoring distance. It's fourth down and ten, but we're in scoring distance if we opt for a field goal—what should we do, Coach?
2. By extension, in a position that makes one's success attainable or very likely. Following the sudden and immense success of the first film, the studio is in scoring position to set up a huge blockbuster franchise. It is the tireless work of our research team that puts our projects in scoring position.
See also: position, score
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

scoring position, in

About to succeed, as in The publisher is in scoring position with that instant book about the trial. This term comes from sports, where it signifies being in a spot where scoring is likely. In baseball it refers to a situation in which a runner is on second or third base. The figurative use of the term dates from the second half of the 1900s.
See also: score
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The ThunderBolts twice stranded the tying run in scoring position against Darrell Thompson.
He also has one hit in 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position. In the ninth inning, against the team with the most combustible bullpen in the majors, the Dodgers did use Utley and Bellinger as pinch-hitters.
All four batters that Short retired stepped to the plate with the potential tying run in scoring position.
Dustin Pedroia was 1 for 3 with runners in scoring position, one of the outs being a grounder to shortstop with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning.
The Argentine-born striker was in a great scoring position but, under pressure from the Fiorentina defence, he failed to get a proper shot away.
They had runners in scoring position eight times and only manages to score a single run off that.
Central Division champion Milwaukee Brewers, hitting.327 against right-handed pitching,.350 against lefties,.351 at home,.312 on the road,.320 in the first half of the season,.346 during the second half and.351 with runners in scoring position. The most telling stat that shows the importance of Braun to the Brewers' success in 2011 is that he hit.376 during Milwaukee's 91 victories and.267 in the club's 59 loses in the 150 games he participated in.
The Mets squandered eight situations with runners in scoring position during those innings, leaving Pelfrey on his own behind a two-run lead--the only score from the Yanks to that point was a Curtis Granderson home run in the 1<sup>st</sup> inning.
Mamoru Kishida then got Takashi Ogino to fly out with the potential tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position.
The biggest blow came in the fourth end when Swiss skip Mirjam Ott delivered a double takeout and added her stone to three others already in a scoring position to take an 8-1 lead.
The press howls its disapproval: you gotta bunt there; stay out of the DP; move the runners into scoring position. Weaver would have none of it: way more often than not, he would reason, three outs come before any runs are scored.
Al Muhairi showed that he has the "right stuff" by making up several positions from 16th on the grid to carve his way into a points scoring position.
The only goal came on 20 minutes when Stuart Taylor worked himself into a scoring position and made no mistake.