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A.J. Pierzynski blames Gavin Floyd after White Sox allow five steals in loss

Jun 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Last night the Twins ran wild on the White Sox, stealing five bases in five attempts, and after the loss catcher A.J. Pierzynski put most of the blame on pitcher Gavin Floyd:

We all know where we stand with the running game when Gavin is out there. Everyone knows where we stand, and it’s just part of the game.

Floyd is incredibly easy to steal on, as runners are a perfect 15-for-15 off him this season and 105-for-121 (86.8 percent) for his career. However, the White Sox’s inability to control the running game extends well beyond last night and well beyond Floyd.

Chicago has allowed 61 steals in 69 games and is the only team in the league to throw out fewer than 20 percent of runners. And even that terrible rate is misleading, as a) Mark Buehrle has always been nearly impossible to run on, and b) eight of the team’s 14 caught stealings have come on pickoffs.

When the catcher actually has to make a throw, the White Sox have allowed 61 steals on 67 attempts for a throw-out rate of 9 percent. To put that in some context, the league-average throw-out rate is 29 percent. Take out Floyd and opponents are still 46-for-52 (88.4 percent) and Pierzynski’s throw-out percentages during seven seasons with the White Sox are 23, 22, 24, 18, 23, 26, and 20.

One-fifth of the time Buehrle shuts down the running game, one-fifth of the time opponents run wild on Floyd, and in the other three-fifths of the time opponents run at will on Pierzynski (and backup catcher Ramon Castro). There’s plenty of blame to go around.

  1. randall351 - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Another great example at what a huge horse’s ass Pierzynski is.

  2. hystoracle - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Note to Floyd: That was a bus that just ran you over. Your catcher threw you under it.

  3. halladaysbicepts - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    “….White Sox have allowed 61 steals on 67 attempts for a throw-out rate of 9 percent”.

    The problem is obvious. Pierzynski is the problem. All of the pitchers on that staff could have the slowest delivery to the plate and the worst pick-off move to first and there is no way the throw-out rate should be anywhere near 9 percent.

    That’s the worst throw-out rate I have ever seen. Pierzynski must have a god-aweful arm.

  4. hcf95688 - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Thats just A.J. being A.J.

  5. cur68 - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Wow. Well, I expect in a follow-up post we will hear all about A.J. Pierzynski trying to walk that one back. Should be a gooder given how much he understands about why the ChiSox have such a woeful stolen-bases-against rate.

  6. Ace - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    I’m not HTML-savvy enough to embed videos like the commenter above, but here’s a good one:,19630/

    • hep3 - Jun 16, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      Excellent !

  7. soutsidemike - Jun 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Everyone with a modicum of baseball knowledge knows you don’t steal on a catcher you steal on the pitcher.
    All comments otherwise ar balderdash (that’s BS for all you brainaics)

  8. pisano - Jun 16, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    AJ has always been a bit of a dick. I remember a few years ago another catcher(his name escapes me now) punched him at home plate for something AJ either did or said, so I’m not surprised. It’s all about him.

    • jwbiii - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      Michael Barrett. This one’s for you.

      • pisano - Jun 16, 2011 at 4:22 PM

        jwbill…Thank you,I had a brain cramp on that one.

  9. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    A.J. is just a typical asshole who won’t take the blame when it is due him…kinda like assholes like LeBron James.

  10. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    A.J. didnt get named the most hated player in the league for nothing!

  11. yettyskills - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Has been known as one the the worst teammates in baseball, and is just reminding everyone why he has that label.

    • jwbiii - Jun 16, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      His teammates like him. Everybody else dislikes him.

  12. The Baseball Idiot - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Has anyone ever seen A.J. Pierzynski and Josh Hamilton in the same room at the same time?

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