Friday, October 24th, 2014

Ed Reed:”Don’t Throw it.” :: Matt Wieters:”Don’t Run.”

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For those of you who didn’t do so hot on the English portion of your SAT’s, all I’m saying with that title is that Ed Reed is to “Don’t Throw the football,” as Matt Wieters is now to “Don’t Try to Steal a Base.”

In case you forgot, here’s a segment from NFL Network with Mr. Reed from 2008 where he implores opposing quarterbacks and coordinators to not throw the ball when he is on the field.

Teams have learned to not throw it – or at least throw it to the other side – when #20 is on the field for the Ravens.

In much the same way, opposing MLB teams are going to quickly learn to not attempt to steal bases when the O’s have #32 behind the plate. Wieters caught two more Nationals on Sunday (including for the final out of the game), and has now thrown out 14 of 28 attempted base stealers.

Most times with Wieters, it’s not even close, with the opposing baserunner not even in the screen yet when the camera pans back and J.J. Hardy or Brian Roberts collect the throw. There was no doubt on either of Washington’s runners yesterday. Earlier this month, he threw out the great Ichiro by a country mile.

Only Kurt Suzuki of the A’s is close to Wieters among catches that have a similar number of opportunities.  Oakland’s backstop has caught 18 and allowed 19 steals (48%). In addition to Suzuki, only the Giants’ Buster Posey (15) and the Tigers’ Alex Avila (14) have as many CS as Wieters, but they have allowed 24 and 23 steals, respectively, and are thus throwing out only 38% of attempted runners.

Even St. Louis’ Yadier Molina, one of the game’s premiere “don’t run on him” catchers, is just 7/22 (32%) in 2011.

Thirty percent is considered “very good” in MLB circles.  Wieters is at 50.

Hey, baseball: Don’t run. Just don’t do it.

Comments

5 Responses to “Ed Reed:”Don’t Throw it.” :: Matt Wieters:”Don’t Run.””
  1. Meast says:

    ST21>>>>>>>>>Reed

  2. Scott says:

    Sorry Meast, but as the statistics clearly show, you’re wrong. I liked Sean Taylor, too, but Ed Reed stands alone.

    YEAR TEAM G TOT SOLO AST PD SACK FF REC INT YDS TD

    2002 BAL 16 85 71 14 12 1.0 0 0 5 167 0
    2003 BAL 16 71 59 12 16 1.0 1 0 7 132 1
    2004 BAL 16 76 62 14 17 2.0 3 0 9 358 1
    2005 BAL 10 37 33 4 9 0.0 0 0 1 23 0

    2004 WSH 15 76 60 16 13 1.0 2 0 4 85 0
    2005 WSH 15 70 60 10 12 1.0 2 0 2 34 0
    2006 WSH 16 114 89 25 7 0.0 3 0 1 25 0
    2007 WSH 9 42 32 10 9 0.0 1 0 5 98 0

  3. Scott says:

    Stupid auto-formatting. Close enough.

  4. NestMinder says:

    Redskins fans,

    KEEP TROLLIN’ TROLLIN’ TROLLIN’ TROLLIN’!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYnFIRc0k6E

  5. Matt says:

    Leave the Deadskins fan alone. I feel bad. John Beck who couldn’t even beat out Troy Smith is now their starting Quarterback.

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