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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

‘All-in’ Dodgers stealing at will in October

The Dodgers, simply put, are gambling in such a way that the odds are hugely in their favor every time they attempt a steal. Through eight postseason games, the Dodgers are 11-for-11 on stolen-base attempts, including six in two National League Championship Series games. They’re the first team to steal multiple bases in three consecutive postseason games since 1999.

It’s not just one player, either. Those 11 steals have come via five Dodgers. As a team, they’re capitalizing on opposing pitchers by getting elite jumps. Against Atlanta, they’ve taken advantage of slower pop times from catcher Travis d’Arnaud.

With those statistical advantages tilted in their favor, the philosophy is more or less the same as it was for Roberts when he took off for second base at Fenway Park 17 years ago.

“In the postseason, where things are more magnified, you just can’t be afraid to fail,” Roberts said. “Careful, in the postseason, doesn’t play. … You’ve got to be all in.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 19, 2021 at 12:53 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Darren Posted: October 19, 2021 at 01:02 PM (#6047451)
Ahh, what does Dave Roberts know about postseason stolen bases?
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: October 19, 2021 at 01:14 PM (#6047459)
Mr. Betts is 12-for-12 in career postseason steal attempts.
   3. bunyon Posted: October 19, 2021 at 01:26 PM (#6047465)
I'll allow the Dodgers to end up 22 for 22 if the Braves end up four for four
   4. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 19, 2021 at 01:56 PM (#6047472)
Travis d'Arnaud is still around?
   5. salvomania Posted: October 19, 2021 at 02:52 PM (#6047492)
Travis d'Arnaud is still around?

Still around? He was the NL's Silver Slugger at catcher last year, hitting .321/.386/.533.

Injuries took a toll in 2021---he played just two games between April 30 and August 11.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: October 19, 2021 at 04:03 PM (#6047507)
The Mets gave up on two catchers playing regularly for LCS teams so they could pay James McCann a ton of money. (On the other hand, Plawecki's a backup and d'Arnaud has been a free agent once or twice since he was released).
   7. Walt Davis Posted: October 19, 2021 at 04:50 PM (#6047530)
And in 8 postseason games, the all-in Dodgers have scored 27 runs with 2 shutouts and 11 of those 27 runs scoring on HRs. I won't look them all up but in G2, the Dodgers stole 4 bases; only one guy scored. He scored after the bases were loaded so, in theory, it didn't gain them anything there although, in reality, they would not have IBB'd Smith if Betts was still on first so who knows how the inning would have gone.

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