August 28, 201518
After a small uptick last season, the steal is back on its steady downward trajectory this season, at 0.53 bases stolen per game. Furthermore, with about a month to go in the season, the 0.75 steal attempts per game are tied for the fewest since 1971.
However, even if there aren’t many extra bags being swiped these days, the Pirates are giving up a lot of them compared to the rest of Major League Baseball:
For the second time in four years, they are on pace to allow the most steals in MLB. Clearly their strengths in other areas have largely nullified that impact, but it’s curious that one of the most successful teams in baseball has struggled so mightily in this area.