Sunday, November 27, 2011

Stolen Bases Against Lefty Pitchers

From today's Buster Olney column, his Stat of the day:
"Ted Lilly allowed the most stolen base attempts in 2011, with baserunners swiping 35 bags in 37 chances off of the Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw. The remaining top-5: John Lackey (33-for-36), Josh Beckett (31-for-35), Felix Hernandez (31-for-39) and Tommy Hanson (30-for-33)."
Southpaws are expected to control the running game, and Lilly gave up more stolen bases than anyone, even righties.

Ted Lilly focuses on getting the batter out, and the numbers show it.

As his 35 of 37 record show, Ted Lilly was particularly terrible at controlling the running game by having only two runners thrown out. Of the Top 5 from Buster's column, at least Felix Hernandez got eight base runners thrown out.

Most stolen bases allowed by LHP:

Rk Tm SB ▾ CS CS%
1 Ted Lilly* LAD 35 2 5%
15 C.J. Wilson* TEX 24 7 23%
17 Cole Hamels* PHI 23 6 21%
23 David Price* TBR 20 5 20%
24 Wandy Rodriguez* HOU 20 3 13%
25 Gio Gonzalez* OAK 19 4 17%
27 Jeff Francis* KCR 18 5 22%
30 Ricky Romero* TOR 18 7 28%
31 Jason Vargas* SEA 18 5 22%
32 Randy Wolf* MIL 18 1 5%
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/27/2011.


Is there a relatively easy way to weigh these numbers against their catcher's stolen base against %? Any math people care to chime in?

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