I am SO jealous!!!
Those two guys are going to be so much fun to watch on the base paths.
Almost makes me want to watch the Blue Jays
Why are some people obsessed with the SB?
Who cares about it?
It's not so much the SB itself, it's the effect it has on the opposing pitcher's ability to bear down on our hitters.For example: Last year, Ike Davis saw nothing but slow breaking junk. He's a FB hitter, and pitchers wouldn't give in. If he had a Guy like Reyes or Bonifacio on base, pitchers' may not want to concede a stolen second and third base. Pitchers can't concentrate on our hitters as well either.
You don't have to have 50 SB.... You just have to let them think you could steal 50 bases.
We have a decent lineup of hitters. But if pitchers can bear down, they're not seeing anything to hit.
Some teams have used that part of the game very well.
The Cards from the 80s with Coleman, Mcgee and Smith and the Rickey Henderson A's teams.
Seriously, how many games have we witnessed Reyes lead off with a single, steal second, rattle the pitcher into walking the batter, stealing third, and scoring a "manufactured run"?
Do you think whether Murphy, Tejada, or DW will see slow junk, with speed on the bases?
I think it's a game changer.
Just my opinion.
Izturis is not the projected starter, Bonifacio is.
Okay but I don't see it. At second base he has a lower fielding average than Murphy does. And Izturis has superior numbers at second throughout his career.
But we will see.