Do Pickoff Attempts Actually Prevent Stolen Bases?

April 9, 2015 12:37 AM

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Do Pickoff Attempts Actually Prevent Stolen Bases?

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester didn’t attempt a single pickoff throw last season in 219 2/3 innings

In the baseball season’s opener on Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals took advantage of Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester’s seeming reluctance to throw to first base, stealing four bases in five attempts in a 3-0 win. Lester didn’t attempt a single pickoff throw last season in 219 2/3 innings, allowing 1...

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