It seems like there have been daily reports out of major league camp about how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are focusing more on controlling the running game this year. After every caught stealing or pick off, the topic is brought up, and the answer usually given is that the importance of keeping runners in check has been stressed over and over to the pitchers.

In 2012 we saw the Pirates go a little overboard with their focus of executing pitches. They totally ignored the running game, allowing runners to steal at-will. Down in the minors, that kind of thing was going on before the 2012 season came around. As an example, when people were alarmed at the low caught stealing numbers from Tony Sanchez in 2011, it was hard to see how most of that was placed on the pitchers, and not as muc...

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