Re: Runnin' Wild
posted at 3/16/2012 5:58 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Runnin' Wild
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Runnin' Wild : All the way back to 2003 -- and to a single series -- to show that the Boston Red Sox have been a running team. No one is talking about running the lead-footed, but they do slow things down on the bases. In the resent past, you must have been watching a different team from the ones that Boston and other announcers have been watching. After a Boston steal or steal attempt, they comment to the effect that there apparently will be a new approach this year. The Sox have never had a reputation as a team that runs, even when, from time to time, the club has had fleet feet.
Posted by expitch[/QUOTE]
Two outs, 3-2 count, runners on base are in motion once the pitcher commits to home. Standard 101 baseball taught at every level...Hit & run, sacifrice bunts, going 1st to 3rd, hitting behind the runner are all parts of "The running game" sometimes called "small ball" or as Joe Morgan likes to say when he's doing AL game "They play a national league style game " a style that is largely employed by teams that lack punch in the middle of the order or struggle over long periods to score at or above the league average and almost always is a by-product of the teams phylosophail approach based on the make up and athleticism of the team. In the AL with the DH there's less emphasis on manufacturing runs, than in the NL due to not having an auto out in the 9 hole (pitcher).
The Sox have for most of our lives been largely built around the Earl Weaver phylosophy of playng for the big inning and recently we've been under the moneyball mentality where less emphasis is placed on small ball, but rather getting on base. Fenway Park plays a role in slowing the running game too, hard to take the extra base (scoring from second) on balls hit to left and because of the monster and the spacious right center gap, big innings and rally's are always in the forefront of every managers thinking (both ours and the visitors)..
In contrast, I give you the Los Angeles Angels of Anehiem coached by Mike Sociccia. A team that is always among the leaders in taking the extra base (1st to 3rd) and the use of the hit and run. His teams are built and players are developed in the Angels system to fit thier style of play. Thier park which is nuetral and semetrical also plays a role. Stealing bases is part of the running game, but it's largely dependent on two factors the pitcher catcher combination and the ability of the player on base to beat the throw based on his time to second vs the pitcher/catcher math. CS is flawed, in that many times players that are not true base stealers get caught, in hit and run situations with less than two outs, where the batter fails to make contact...
Back to the original premiss of your thread...
Bobby Valentine is an old school baseball guy and is using the spring games to paint a broad picture so that teams will when they open the season, be on alert for "trick plays"...More so he's trying to instill his phylosophy of playing the game right with his players...I'm pretty certain that during the regular season we won't have too many guys trying to steal home vs a righthanded pitcher. Once the roster is set and we head north I can't see us morphing into a national league style team...not with Youk, Gonzalez and Papi in the middle of the lineup...I can however see us trying to manufacture runs at the bottom of the line though...It's been a fun spring