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A Look At The Mets Stolen Base Successes (And Failures)

Posted by JD on February 7, 2011

Last week, Sandy Alderson commented that “stolen bases are a footnote”. He’s right, though as James Kannengeiser of Amazin Avenue noted “the Mets have been an elite base stealing machine over the last few seasons.” Actually, Kannengeiser’s analysis thoroughly covers the issue (that’s not the first time I’ve said that about his work) and I pretty much agree with every word of it, especially his conclusion.

But it got me thinking about which Mets players were the most efficient base stealers. So, I went over to Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index tool to take a deeper dive. Here’s a few highlights of what I found:

  • 60 Mets have a perfect base stealing percentage. 55 of them stole 4 bases or less, including Tom Seaver (4-4), Kelly Stinnett (4-4), Josh Thole (2-2), Sid Fernandez (1-1) and Ron Darling (1-1).
  • The five players who were 5-5 or better: Paul LoDuca (5-5), Shane Spencer (6-6), Dan Norman (8-8), Jason Bay (10-10) and Manny Alexander (11-11).
  • The player with the best “non-perfect” stolen base success rate: Chico Walker, who went 21-22 in 222 games over the 1992-93 seasons. I liked Chico, because his name often reminded me of the immortal Chico Escuela.
  • Shawn Green is the only other Met to exceed a 90% success rate, going 11-12 in 164 games over the 2006-07 seasons. He also owns a very, very expensive house.

Now, let’s look at some arbitrary thresholds (current Mets in bold text):

  • Highest success rates, minimum 25 attempts: Bob Bailor, 40-46 (.870), Carlos Beltran, 97-113 (.858), Roberto Alomar, 22-26 (.846), Kaz Matsui, 22-26 (.846), Cliff Floyd, 32-38 (.842).
  • Lowest success rates, minimum 25 attempts: Elliot Maddox, 6-28 (.214), Ed Kranepool, 15-42 (.357), Jerry Grote, 14-34 (.412), Jeff Kent, 12-28 (.429), Felix Millan, 11-25 (.440).
  • Highest success rates, minimum 50 attempts: Carlos Beltran, 97-113 (.858), Lenny Dykstra, 116-141 (.823), Gregg Jeffries, 6377 (.818), Luis Castillo, 55-68 (.809), Kevin McReynolds, 67-83 (.807).
  • Lowest success rates, minimum 50 attempts: Joel Youngblood, 39-75 (.520), Wayne Garrett, 33-59 (.559), Rey Ordonez, 28-50 (.560), Bernard Gilkey, 29-50 (.580), Lenny Randle, 47-79 (.595).
  • Highest success rates, minimum 100 attempts: Carlos Beltran, 97-113 (.858), Lenny Dykstra, 116-141 (.823), Jose Reyes, 331-416 (.796), Roger Cedeno, 103-135 (.778), David Wright, 138-180 (.767).
  • Lowest success rates, minimum 100 attempts: John Stearns, 91-142 (.641), Cleon Jones, 91-139 (.655), Tommy Agee, 92-139 (.662), Lee Mazzilli, 152-223 (.682), Frank Taveras, 90-131 (.687).
  • Success rates, minimum 200 stolen bases: Jose Reyes, 331-416 (.796), Howard Johnson, 202-265 (.762), Mookie Wilson, 281-371 (.757), Darryl Strawberry, 191-266 (.718), Lee Mazzilli, 152-223 (.682).

Three observations came to me:

  1. The late 60’s-early 70’s Mets ran a little, but without much success.
  2. The 80’s Mets ran a lot, with a fair amount of success.
  3. The current team has the three most successful runners in franchise history, plus Castillo (.809) and Angel Pagan (55-71, .775).

That final point brings me back to Kannengeiser’s post. I share his confidence in Alderson & Co., but I worry just a bit that this edge will be blunted. Time will tell, but it will most definitely be an interesting sub-plot to follow this season.

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Flushing Frivolity – 1/8/10

Posted by JD on January 8, 2010

After yesterday’s Frivolity, I decided to see which Mets position players had the most plate appearances in a single season without registering a single walk. Cover your eyes:

Rk Player PA BB Year Age
1 Shawon Dunston 97 0 1999 36
2 Ronn Reynolds 46 0 1985 26
3 Joe Moock 40 0 1967 23
4 Marco Scutaro 38 0 2002 26
5 Wayne Graham 33 0 1964 28
6 Rich Chiles 25 0 1973 23
7 Mario Diaz 23 0 1990 28
8 Sandy Alomar 22 0 1967 23
9 Brock Pemberton 22 0 1974 20
10 Sandy Alomar 22 0 2007 41
11 Ced Landrum 20 0 1993 29
12 Roy Staiger 19 0 1975 25
13 Craig Paquette 19 0 1998 29
14 John Milner 18 0 1971 21
15 Kevin Elster 18 0 1992 27
16 Tito Navarro 18 0 1993 22
17 Rick Parker 18 0 1994 31
18 Jorge Toca 17 0 2001 26
19 Choo Choo Coleman 16 0 1966 28
20 Ted Martinez 16 0 1970 22
21 Cleon Jones 15 0 1963 20
22 Mike Jorgensen 14 0 1968 19
23 Kevin Mitchell 14 0 1984 22
24 Rusty Tillman 13 0 1982 21
25 Lou Thornton 13 0 1989 26

Couple of thoughts: Obviously, it just cracks me up that Shawon Dunston leads the list. I liked the guy, but his lack of plate discipline never really sank in for me while he was here. Also, being on this list is not entirely a negative, as evidenced by Cleon Jones and Kevin Mitchell, who both went on to have special careers.

Mostly, I think it’s awesome, hilarious, and awesomely hilarious that both Sandy Alomars are on the list. That’s just how I roll.

Rk Player PA BB Year Age
1 Esix Snead 0 0 2004 28
2 Joe Hietpas 0 0 2004 25
3 Vance Wilson 0 0 1999 26
4 Shane Halter 0 0 1999 29
5 Lou Thornton 0 0 1990 27
6 John Stearns 0 0 1983 31
7 Robinson Cancel 1 0 2009 33
8 Gary Matthews 1 0 2002 27
9 Gary Bennett 1 0 2001 29
10 Ralph Milliard 1 0 1998 24
11 Kevin Morgan 1 0 1997 28
12 Charlie Greene 1 0 1996 25
13 Rodney McCray 1 0 1992 28
14 Dave Liddell 1 0 1990 24
15 Abraham Nunez 2 0 2008 32
16 Joe DePastino 2 0 2003 29
17 Mike Kinkade 2 0 2000 27
18 Mike Kinkade 2 0 1998 25
19 Chuck Carr 2 0 1990 22
20 Luis Alvarado 2 0 1977 28
21 Brock Pemberton 2 0 1975 21
22 Lute Barnes 2 0 1973 26
23 Greg Harts 2 0 1973 23
24 Frank Estrada 2 0 1971 23
25 Anderson Hernande 3 0 2007 24

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