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First Pitch: Stolen Bases Are a Problem, But Not the Big Problem

First Pitch: Stolen Bases Are a Problem, But Not the Big Problem

It's not a surprise to me that the Pirates haven't been placing much emphasis on the running game this year. They've been taking that approach in the minors the last few years, having pitchers focus on the batter at the plate, rather than holding the runner on first base. It makes sense from a development standpoint. You want a young pitcher to work on repeating his delivery and executing his pitches, not shortening his stride and missing his spots because he's focused more on rushing the ball to the plate. But that same approach at the major league level? It's questionable.

The problems in the majors aren't a development issue. It's philosophical. Tonight the Pirates gave up seven stolen bases in seven attempts. Those steals came off of two different catchers (neither of which came up through the system) and three different pitchers (with only one coming up through the system). The Pirates have taken that "focus on the batter at the plate" strategy and have brought it to the majors...

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