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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kannengieser: Maybe David Wright Should Stop Trying To Steal Bases

Dud Lee in no time!

David Wright was caught stealing last night in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 3-0 loss to the Reds. That makes nine caught stealings on the season. This wouldn’t be a problem if he offset those failed attempts with—let’s say—30 successful attempts. But he doesn’t have 30 stolen bases; he has 12. That’s 12-for-21, a 57% success rate. Ouch, considering the National League average success rate is approximately 73% and the break-even rate is about the same, with some variation depending on the situation.

...Study tape, consult the coaching staff (which might be giving him the steal sign), think about past seasons in which he enjoyed stolen base success. Do all those things big-leaguers do to get better. Unless he is doing those things already, at which point it’s time for him to consider scaling back his aggressiveness on the basepaths.

That’s all I’ve got. Love David Wright, hate when he is caught stealing. An out is a terrible thing to waste.

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Snarf wise…he’s gone from Jaerock Lee to Dud Lee in no time!

David Wright was caught stealing last night in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 3-0 loss to the Reds. That makes nine caught stealings on the season. This wouldn’t be a problem if he offset those failed attempts with—let’s say—30 successful attempts. But he doesn’t have 30 stolen bases; he has 12. That’s 12-for-21, a 57% success rate. Ouch, considering the National League average success rate is approximately 73% and the break-even rate is about the same, with some variation depending on the situation.

...Study tape, consult the coaching staff (which might be giving him the steal sign), think about past seasons in which he enjoyed stolen base success. Do all those things big-leaguers do to get better. Unless he is doing those things already, at which point it’s time for him to consider scaling back his aggressiveness on the basepaths.

That’s all I’ve got. Love David Wright, hate when he is caught stealing. An out is a terrible thing to waste.

Repoz Posted: August 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TomH Posted: August 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM (#4208927)
how many were on busted hit-and-runs?
   2. JJ1986 Posted: August 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM (#4208934)
Wright had been a very good percentage base stealer before this year.
   3. Lassus Posted: August 15, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4208953)
After careful consideration, I would definitely put this somewhere between #52 and #78 on the current list of the Mets' most important problems.

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