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Postby fantasybaseballfan1 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:00 am

I have a few players on my team who are only going to help me in stolen bases - Kenny Lofton, Dave Roberts, and possibly Kaz Matsui. I know that Roberts only steals against righties because he only plays against righties but I don't know anything about when to put in Lofton or Matsui. Are there any websites or pieces of data that would be useful for determining when to play these specialists?
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Postby tianyi86 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:28 am

Just open their yahoo page and check splits.

Lofton runs primarily against righties as well. Matsui is the same way and he steals mainly at home.
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Postby Niffoc4 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:55 am

Most players generally steal better against righties (for obvious reasons)... I would say with any of those guys it is a safe bet that they will steal more often at a better percentage against righties than lefties. I don't know of any home/away advantage...
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Postby stumpak » Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:02 am

The most perponderent influence on this is OBP. That is the split you want to look at. If a guy has a .250 OBP against LHPs and a .400 OBP against RHs, it stands to reason that he will get a lot more SB attempts against RHPs. As mentioned above, there are other fators, but these are more marginal than OBP, which is the primary driver.
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Postby frankadelic » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:58 pm

Caught-stealing percentages for catchers last year:
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stats/fie ... tealingPct

VMart, for example, gives up a lot of SBs. If your speed guys are starting against Cleveland, you may want to give them the nod.

Pitchers are also a factor. Wakefield gets stolen on because the knuckleball is slower and is often dropped by the catcher. The stats are out there.

I paid attention to this stuff last year but it's rather time consuming. If your league settings emphasize steals, it may be worth it.
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Postby wrveres » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:22 pm

frankadelic wrote:Caught-stealing percentages for catchers last year:
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stats/fie ... tealingPct

VMart, for example, gives up a lot of SBs. If your speed guys are starting against Cleveland, you may want to give them the nod.

Pitchers are also a factor. Wakefield gets stolen on because the knuckleball is slower and is often dropped by the catcher. The stats are out there.

I paid attention to this stuff last year but it's rather time consuming. If your league settings emphasize steals, it may be worth it.


exactly .. LH vs. RH starters is important sure, but more so, knowing who is catching the game is key
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