Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Steals Continue...

So on ESPN Sunday night baseball, I believe it was two weeks ago, we witnessed Jacoby Ellsbury steal home. Continuing the trend that I blogged about last week about the return of the speed game.

Well, last night it continued -- Jayson Werth steals FOUR bases, tying a Phils record set in 1978 by Garry Maddox -- including an unbelievable steal of home. Great hustle on a play that had he been thrown out (bases loaded, two outs) you wonder what the reaction would have been. I personally love the hustle and taking the risk.

3 comments:

  1. A steal of home is such a high risk play, not to mention a slap in the face of the batter. The runner on third is basically saying, "I don't necessarily trust you to be able to drive me in from 3rd base."

    Its the same reason you don't ever ever make the first out of the inning at 3rd base. If you're on 2nd with 0 outs, a groundball and a flyout will score you (not to mention any type of deeper hit in the outfield; and even if you just get a weak single to the outfield then you have guys on 1st and 3rd with 0 or 1 out).

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  2. I disagree Boss. I think zero outs you definitely go for third. I have seen WAY TOO MANY (esp the Phils) teams have a leadoff guy on second and NOT score him. Guys usually don't play the game they way they are supposed to play.

    Now if you make the third out at third base, now that's another story.

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  3. You're completely wrong. If your team can't score a leadoff double, then your team needs to re-examine its professional capabilities. I don't care what anecdotal evidence you think you see in your hyper-critical analysis of the Phillies.

    A leadoff RUNNER scores 50% of the time statistically, and that's only getting the guy to first base.

    A lead off double can score with two groundouts, a ground out and a flyball, any manner of outfield hit, a bunt and a flyball, etc etc.

    Its why 2nd base is called "scoring position." Why risk a steal of third if you're already in scoring position? If you're fast enough to steal third, then you're fast enough to score on a single to the outfield. Enough said.

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