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 »