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Cardinals on MLB’s longest steal-less streak since 1977

Jul 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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The Cardinals went a 32nd straight game without a stolen base in Tuesday’s loss to the Mets, the longest such streak for a major league team since the 1977 Indians went 35 in a row.

St. Louis opened the season with 35 steals in 64 games.  However, eight of those belonged to Tyler Greene, who was sent down on June 18.  Three active Cardinals are tied for the team lead with five steals: Jon Jay, Albert Pujols and Colby Rasmus.

Prior to the Cardinals’ run — or lack thereof — the longest steal-less streak for a team since 1980 was 27 games by the 2005 Red Sox.  In fact, Boston was responsible for six of the 16 streaks of at least 20 games during the last 30 years.

One big difference between those two streaks, though: the Cardinals are 0-for-9 stealing bases over the 32 games, while the Red Sox were a mere 0-for-2.

If they want to go for it, the Cardinals should be able to snap the skid in one of the next two games in the series against New York.  Mets catchers have thrown out just 17 of 87 would-be basestealers (19.5 percent) this season.

  1. sdelmonte - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Such a far cry from the speedsters Cards of my youth.

    • hotkarlsandwich - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM


      • sdelmonte - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:51 AM

        That team used to drive me nuts back when the Mets and Cards were rivals. No power outside of Jack Clark, all speed and pitching and defense and using that Astroturf and the huge dimensions, and finding ways to beat the Mets.

        Funny how, especially since McGwire, the Cards now rely on power and have a park for home runs, and the Mets could turn into a grass version of the 80s Cards. But, ’06 NLCS aside, the rivalry is gone.

      • spudchukar - Jul 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM

        The Mets are still Pond Scum. Busch Stadium Trois, was judged to be the MOST difficult stadium to homer in, in the NL for right-hand batters, and it is a symmetrical park so its no phone booth for lefties either. I question the study, but only by degrees. Seems like Citi, Petco, and AT&T would be more difficult, but the gist is that it is a pitcher’s park, and certainly not homer-friendly.

        We suck at SBs no doubt. But this isn’t some new revelation; it has been this way for awhile. Pujols usually steals around 15, and Molina contributes a few, but that is about it. Theriot was supposed to deliver some swipes but has lost steps(as in plural), Schumaker has zero chance, and Holliday, Berkman and Freese have no business trying. That only leaves CF, which has 11 between Rasmus and Jay in 16 chances, not a bad percentage, but obviously not Ricky Henderson-like.

        Let’s face it, we don’t have the horses.

    • hittfamily - Jul 20, 2011 at 11:03 PM

      And yet, people still refer to Colby as a 5 tool prospect.

  2. kiwicricket - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    The Braves have solen only 33 Bases and been caught 26 times!! YIKES!!!

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 20, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      It is terrible. We haven’t had a threat on the basepaths since Furcal. Although Brian McCann stole his 3rd base last night and that makes me :)

  3. Phillies Homer - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    They need to get more black guys… you know… b/c they’re fast…

  4. sportsdrenched - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Good for the Cardinals. I cannot think of a more over-rated offensive tool than the stolen base.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      It’s still a good offensive tool, though. As long as it’s high-percentage stealing.

  5. sknut - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Yet they have one more SB than the Cubs and Braves.

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