Not arguing the merit of the SB. The fact is, they are part of the game, and the importance of the SB seems to be on the rise with managers in the post PED era.
On the Reds there seems to be three SB threats. Stubbs of course, Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto.
Yep. Joey Votto.
Votto it may surprise some, it sure did me, has a SB% right at 75% this year. Phillips is a HORRIBLE 57%. Like the Chewbacca defense, this does not make sense! Clearly BP is faster than Votto. But he doesn't know when NOT to run. This is another aspect of Votto's overall game that makes him so... valuable.
BP wants to make things happen too much it seems. He doesn't have Taveras like speed, but he's pretty fast. So why the poor percentage this year? Past 2006 he's never been a great base stealer, about 72%, but this year is a huge dropoff. Man needs to talk to Larkin and Davis about the art of the stolen base.