Which teams run and try to get stolen bases in 2019

We are only in May, and we have a lot of baseball left to be played. The sample sizes are still small, but we can now see some trends. In this article we examine which teams who let their players run, and who takes advantage of the opportunities to get stolen bases.

In the article we will try to see if we can see some trends on which teams advance their runners by stolen bases. Some teams are more conservative, and some teams more or less let their players advance every time. Of course, it depends on the players on the specific teams, if they have the speed to even try.

Data was collected from Baseball Reference. We looked at SBO or Stolen Base Opportunities, which is a plate appearance through which a runner was on first or second with the next base open. We have then added stolen bases and caught stealing to see how much teams run. In this case we do not look at success rate, because we are more interested to see if the team uses the tactics of stolen bases.

Teams SBO SB CS SBO Opp SBO Opp/SBO
KCR 406 33 14 47 11,58%
TEX 421 25 9 34 8,08%
SEA 457 26 5 31 6,78%
CLE 359 20 4 24 6,69%
CHW 424 22 6 28 6,60%
TBR 471 22 7 29 6,16%
WSN 409 21 4 25 6,11%
BOS 460 19 7 26 5,65%
STL 475 19 7 26 5,47%
CIN 385 11 10 21 5,45%
COL 444 15 9 24 5,41%
MIL 439 18 4 22 5,01%
SDP 381 13 6 19 4,99%
NYY 443 18 3 21 4,74%
MIA 365 10 7 17 4,66%
HOU 473 13 9 22 4,65%
PIT 369 13 4 17 4,61%
BAL 449 16 4 20 4,45%
NYM 477 14 7 21 4,40%
CHC 409 12 6 18 4,40%
DET 421 12 6 18 4,28%
LAA 415 14 3 17 4,10%
ARI 423 14 3 17 4,02%
SFG 395 9 6 15 3,80%
ATL 484 11 7 18 3,72%
OAK 476 10 7 17 3,57%
MIN 395 8 4 12 3,04%
TOR 393 8 3 11 2,80%
LAD 506 10 4 14 2,77%
PHI 425 6 4 10 2,35%

 

It is no surprise we see Kansas City Royals at the top. They have several good runners in Billy Hamilton, Adalberto Mondesi and Whit Merrifield. The Royals have traditionally been a team which have advanced their runners with speed the last couple of seasons. The Royals will run on 11.6 % of their opportunities and third place Seattle Mariners “only” run on 6.78 %, which really is a big difference. The data above is tough to translate to individual success, but it will give you a general idea what teams try to do.

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