I would like to know if anyone within the Cubs organization plans on stealing more bases this year? Starlin Castro finished last year with 10 steals, while Theriot did have 16 with the Cubs, he finished with 20 for the Dodgers.
Theriot has led the team in Steals since ’07, but Juan Pierre had 58 in ’06. For reasons that are not known or I don’t know the Cubs didn’t bring Pierre back. It might have something to do with the ’06 Cubs having 66 wins and last in their division, as well as the worst record in the NL.
Since ’06 League Leaders are averaging almost 70 steals a season, while the Cubs almost 28. I am not saying the Cubs need someone to go out and steal 70 bases next year, but maybe 30 or 40. You don’t need to be a baseball genius to know that if someone gets on base, the chances of them scoring a run are improved once they are put in scoring position.
Will the Cubs improve in this area? I don’t know, but I do hope it’s at least being looked into.