A Closer Look At Stolen Base Tendencies

May 11, 2009

The Rays lead all of baseball with 53 stolen bases thus far. While as it doesn’t come as much of a surprise due to great team speed and Joe Maddon’s aggressive mindset, there is a strange anomaly that was pointed out by a buddy of mine. So I looked into it, and sure enough, there is a very wide gap between bags stolen off of righties and off of lefties: 45 vs. RHP, 8 vs. LHP. So let’s take a closer look, stats provided by baseball-reference.com.

Let’s start with Carl Crawford who has nearly half of the Rays’ stolen base total at 22. Of the 22 bases Crawford has swiped, 21 have come off righties and only one off a lefty. Reasons? Well it could be simply that C.C. has had more opportunities off of righties which he has (99PA as opposed to 52PA vs. LHP). However, he’s actually hitting very well against lefties so far. In 48 at bats, Crawford is hitting .292 and has drawn three walks to have an OBP of .346. So that’s 17 times he’s reached against a lefty, four of which were doubles. Of those 17 chances, I was unable to find how often he had a runner in front of him but you can still see that he hasn’t had nearly the amount of chances then he would off a righty. Read the rest of this entry »


The Man, The Myth, The Zorilla

May 10, 2009
Should Zobrist be the everyday RF? (AP)

Should Zobrist be the everyday RF? (AP)

I did not know what to think this season about Ben Zobrist until I heard his wife’s song during his first at-bat and thought, what the hell? Something about Christian Rock as an intro makes me want to listen to a Creed album. So far Ben has become a crucial part of this team in coming off the bench and being an offensive source. Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Links

April 30, 2009

After surfing around the Rays blogosphere, there seems to be a general consensus including one we highlighted towards the end of last night’s post; someone or something needs to motivate this team. Whether it be Joe Maddon lighting a fire underneath them or an event like last year’s brawl. Only fitting that the Red Sox are in town this weekend. Either way, check out what’s going on in the world of the Rays.

Read about the First Annual Rays Trade Pool which we took part in

Read about Jason Bartlett’s hamstring

Read about this weekends “must win” series

Read about the hopeless Rays

Read about Maddon needing to find his inner Lou Piniella

Read about Desmond Jennings’ hot start

Read about the Rays continuing the trend of poor starts by WS losers