by **DK** » Sat May 07, 2005 10:43 am

I'm going to go off on a bit of a tangent here, so bear with me.

Regarding SB's in relevance to team success- stolen bases has little- if any- correlation with a team's run production.

In 2004:

In the NL, 6 teams stole at least 100 bases. 4 of them were in the bottom half of the league in runs scored. The other two were St. Louis and Philadelphia, and it's safe to say (in my opinion) that they weren't known for their running ability as much as their power and OBP.

In the AL, 5 teams stole at least 100 bases. None of them were in the top 5 in runs scored, and four were in the bottom half of the league. The one that wasn't, Baltimore, had the 4th-best OBP in the AL, after New York, Boston, and Cleveland.

In 2003, only two teams in the NL stole 100 bases. Florida stole 150, was caught 74 times, and was right in the middle in terms of runs scored. Montreal, the other, was at the bottom. In fact, the top stolen base teams all kind of clutter in the bottom half, and the teams with fewer stolen bases are all at the top.

I could go on... But I'm tired right now and have other work to do. Basically the same trends endure.

Stolen bases have little correlation to runs scored and offensive production.