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Running More

I have to admit that our little plate appearances per steal attempt stat is flawed, because it doesn't account for changes in a player's OBP or times on first base.

Baseball HQ uses a stat they call SBO, or Stolen Base Opportunity %.  That is calculated as (SB+CS)/(singles + BB).  That's a good one to look at too.

Anyway, here are the players who are running more this year, for one reason or another.

NAME PA/Att 08 PA/Att 07 Diff
Lance Berkman 20.1 66.8 -46.7
Delmon Young 20.5 52.4 -31.9
David DeJesus 21.7 50.2 -28.5
Matt Holliday 23.8 47.5 -23.8
Mark Ellis 26.6 49.4 -22.8
Ray Durham 27.0 44.0 -17.0
Alex Rios 17.5 33.9 -16.3
Randy Winn 21.8 36.3 -14.5
Chase Utley 47.2 61.3 -14.1
Troy Tulowitzki 38.7 52.5 -13.8
Kelly Johnson 30.0 43.4 -13.4
Tony Pena 37.0 48.7 -11.7
Melvin Mora 33.7 43.9 -10.3
Hunter Pence 22.4 30.3 -7.8
Matt Kemp 14.2 20.7 -6.6
B.J. Upton 11.9 18.3 -6.3
Shannon Stewart 38.8 45.0 -6.3
Joey Gathright 9.1 15.4 -6.2
Ichiro Suzuki 10.3 16.4 -6.1
Ryan Theriot 12.9 18.7 -5.8
Ian Kinsler 17.1 22.6 -5.5
Rafael Furcal 15.4 20.7 -5.3

That Berkman has attempted 11 swipes in just 221 PAs is a surprising and welcome development.  It's also nice to see disappointing hitters like Rios and Young running more to partially make up for it.


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