perlick29 wrote:Amazinz wrote:What I am worried about is that his SB% went down the toilet last year. So does Oakland let him run? As for checking we could do that if we knew who batted 1-2 for Oakland the last 6 years. I'm not sure where to find old lineups but maybe someone could help out there.
11/19 is not much different from 8/15 and 15/23 the previous two years. I definitely think he gets his 10-15 if he gets 550 AB's.
Though I like the expression down the toilet, it doesnt really apply here. To paraphrase a wise Mets man, "your argument went down the toilet."
I don't think there is any way he gets to 10-15 in Oakland. While the Pirates aren't exactly a gungho running team, Oakland makes them look like the mid-80's Cardinals. If an Oakland player can't get at or above 70% they simply don't get the chance to steal (even when they can reach that percentage the chances are very limited). Kendall has been awful at stealing bases since the injury (less than 60% success rate) and unless there has been a breakthrough I wouldn't expect more than 5 SB at the most.
Oakland doesn't need him to steal bases, they needed a strong offensive player to fill the hole at catcher and the loss of Dye. Kendall does both excellently. I could still envision Beane going out and spending more money as this may be best window of oppurtunity the A's will see for awhile with the pending contracts of the Big Three looming.