Kind of strange indeed with the stat #'s being what they are but in looking at their losses they lost 2 to SC where they gave up 8 each game then got got swept by Tenn where they only scored 4 runs all weekend lost 2 Auburn where they only scored 2,1,Lost to Fla where they scored 3,Kentucky where they scored 2,TAM 4,1 but also gave up 5 and 12,lost to Ga giving up 13 so combination of not hitting some weekend and not pitching others.
Offensively, they are very good. Pitching wasn’t bad either.
Bradfield puts so much pressure on the opponent’s defense.
Every time Bradfield got on base, you knew it was just a matter of time and it was guaranteed that he would steal second and in scoring position. He even stole third at least once that I recall. He didn’t score every time, but the pressure he put on the defense was so effective.
They were very opportunistic in their hitting. To me, that was the big difference in losing the series. We didn’t play that bad, and had opportunities to win, we just weren’t as opportunistic at the plate as they were.
Yeah Turner made a perfect throw almost every time and almost got him. Opitz threw him out easily last year but that was trying to steal third, Wallace could not get in position to get his glove set look like this time probably wouldn’t have mattered
I must have heard the figure they gave before his last 3 steals. Either way, it’s impressive as hell. 100% stolen base rate with that many attempts is almost unheard of. And the thing about him is that he doesn’t just steal 2nd. He steals 3rd. That’s good base running.
Yep, and it’s not just speed. He seems to have an incredible sense of reading the pitcher and timing his jump. He gets such a good jump and then with his speed, well, you see the results.
Kinda like he’s the Kopps of base stealing. You know what coming, you just can’t do anything about it!