Crawford Ties Mark With 6 Steals

May 4, 2009 at 6:34 am 3 comments

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Carl Crawford ran wild on the Boston Red Sox last night, stealing 6 bases off of the slow deliveries of Brad Penny and Manny Delcarmen. Those six steals tie a record that is shared by Eddie Collins, Otis Nixon, and Eric Young. Crawford is now 17-17 in steals this year and is on pace for 106 on the season.

Crawford gives all the credit to being healthy this year and to his off-season workout that he did on natural grass. He claims his legs are fresher and healthier than before.

To go with those six steals last night, Crawford has now stolen a base in six consecutive games. That is quite a feat but not close to the record. According to Recondite Baseball Bert Campaneris holds the record by stealing a base in 12 consecutive games in 1969.

Crawford is doing a couple things this year that he has not done before. The first is drawing walks. He has 11 walks on the season and is on pace to draw nearly 70 walks. His career high is 37 in one season.

The other thing Crawford is, or isn’t doing, is hitting for any kind of power. His ISO (Isolated Power) is .067, which is easily the lowest of his career. He is homerless on the season and has 6 extra-base hits on the season. His SLUG is .385 which is his lowest mark since his first full season in the majors when he slugged .362 back in 2003.

So, while Crawford is lacking the power he once had (or projected to have), he is more than making it up with his wheels and his newfound patience at the plate with his wOBA at .384, the highest mark in his career.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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