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A Quick Thought On "Aggressiveness"

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We spent a lot of the offseason hearing that the Brewers were going to be more aggressive on the basepaths. One of the places that aggressiveness was expected to manifest itself was stolen bases. Nineteen different Brewers attempted a steal this spring, including three different catchers (George Kottaras, Wil Nieves and Mike Rivera).

As such, we entered the season with the expectation that the Brewers would be running more frequently. As it turns out, though, they haven't been. Through Sunday's game the Brewers have only attempted six steals as a team, and three of them came on Saturday and Sunday.

Six attempts in ten games puts the Brewers on pace to attempt 97 in 2011, which would actually be 9% less than the 107 they attempted last season. In fact, 97 would easily be the lowest total in the Miller Park era:

Season SB CS Attempts
2010 81 26 107
2009 68 37 105
2008 108 38 146
2007 96 32 128
2006 71 37 108
2005 79 34 113
2004 138 40 178
2003 99 39 138
2002 94 50 144
2001 66 36 102