Chase the Rise
- Sep 27, 2021
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I don't disagree with this at all. But I also don't think that we even double our attempts from last year. Those types of wholesale changes don't just happen.Looking through the stats posted on Minnesota's website (back to 2018), I'd argue that the problem is not necessarily that they don't have speed but rather they don't attempt steals often enough.
Team Stolen Bases:
2022: 35/36 (97.2%) - (Indiana was 114/143 or 79.7%)
2021: 33/43 (76.7%) - (Indiana was 96/117 or 82.1%)
2020: 19/21 (90.5%) - (Indiana was 55/68 or 80.1%)
2019: 41/50 (82%) - (Indiana was 141/179 or 78.8%)
2018: 64/71 (90.1%) - (Indiana was 112/158 or 70.9%)
Minnesota's percentage of successful stolen bases is quite high. For example, DenHartog is 28/30 in her career. Why isn't she stealing more often if she's so successful?!
IMO this is a coaching issue/philosophy, not simply a lack of speed. A lot of things have to go right to catch a runner stealing.
The goal has to be to get runners in scoring postion more often. I also feel like our deficiences in the running game can be attributed to our lack of being able to bunt. We haven't been good at it in forever. If defenses aren't threatened with the rotation of bunt coverage, throwing out a straight steal becomes much easier. Whether we are protecting runners stealing with fake bunts or actual sac bunts, we aren't helping the situation if all we are trying to do is straight steal. Watch other teams, small ball, and fake bunts make defenses rotate, may throw a pticher off thier focus, then a lot has to go right. Straight steal....I would expect most catchers to be competitive in that situation.
Our philosophy needs to change, I just question if that will happen. But I will stand by my first comment in that we as a team are not fast...not in the sense where we can straight steal.