D-backs must 'be smarter' on the basepaths
Nineteen times has a D-back been caught stealing, tops in the National League. However, the team has stolen 37 bases -- third most in the NL -- so there is something to be said for the aggressive approach.
"It's our responsibility not to make mistakes on the bases like we have," manager Kirk Gibson told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesdy.
The Diamondbacks have been making far too many mistakes, as this weekend alone saw Gerardo Parra get cut down on the basepaths twice Saturday, Willie Bloomquist twice and Ryan Roberts once Sunday, and Chris Young was caught stealing Monday.
In other words, a team that has had trouble scoring is costing itself chances at doing just that. Gibson attributes much of issues to guys trying to do too much, but acknowledges something has to change.
"We've been on a bad string here as of late," Gibson said, noting the team's stolen base percentage. "We just have to be much smarter with when we go and how we go."
Sounds reasonable, though if the team continues to struggle something may have to change.
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