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So, how’s that running thing working out?

John Mozeliak notes that the Cardinals “still think we have some holes.” One is right field, stomach and Carlos Beltran would fill it well.

Despite currently polling at Fungoes as the Cardinals

2 Responses to “So, how’s that running thing working out?”

  1. AlisonJ Says:

    What about considering the net effect of stealing through a modified slugging percentage? With a net gain of 12 bases, SLG is bumped up from .443 to .460 — not bad, but not amazing.

    As far as “emotional advantage” goes, do stolen bases have an impact on the batter at the time? It’s a terribly small sample size, but I wonder what batting averages we see for the next two hitters after a stolen base.

  2. Pip Says:

    What about considering the net effect of stealing through a modified slugging percentage?

    That’s certainly one way to look at it, though of course you would need to include the lost bases from the caught stealings. 🙂

    I haven’t seen any research one way or the other on batter advantages from stealing. I feel confident saying that while they may hit “better” by not hitting into as many GDPs and get more RBIs, they don’t somehow gain an ability to actually be better batters.

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