Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Mets Best Running Team in the Majors
by Jess Estremera
Jose Reyes narrowly made it to first base on a grounder that never left the infield, stole second, advanced to third on a fly out and dashed home on a passed ball.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the analytics company- Baseball Info Solutions measures each major league team's overall contribution on the basepaths by looking at its success in three areas: stolen bases, avoiding double plays and taking extra bases while avoiding being thrown out. By adding extra baserunning advances and steals, subtracting for baserunning outs and unsuccessful steal attempts and comparing the total to the major-league average- BIS calculates each teams net gain on the basepaths.
Entering Monday, the Mets led the majors with a +60 net gain. Running begins with Reyes.
He has 14 triples leads the majors by a wide margin, and has 28 stolen bases entering Monday ranked second. But just about every Mets position player has shown an ability to steal a base on occasion. Angel Pagan has 11 steals, and 10 other players have at least one.
The result: The Mets entered Monday tied for the major-league lead with 77 stolen bases. And they have been successful on 78% of steal attempts, which was tied for the third-highest mark in baseball.
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