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A Closer Look at Stolen Base Tendencies

Published by on May 11, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

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 manager Joe Maddon's aggressive mindset, there is a strange anomaly that was pointed out by a buddy of mine.

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, with 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?

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