March 14: Q of the Day
Will Peter Bourjos attempt to steal 40 bases like he claimed he would do, and do you think Kolten Wong could steal 10 or more bases?
— Michael P., Fair Oaks, Calif.
In my opinion, the question regarding Bourjos isn’t how much he’ll run, but how often he’ll be on base so that he has that option. He has a lifetime on-base percentage of .306, too low a mark for someone who wants to tally 40 stolen bases in a season. That number will need to go up for Bourjos to have a shot at being the Cardinals’ first 40-steals player since Delino DeShields in 1997.
Also to play a factor in Bourjos’ stolen base total is how much he plays and where he hits in the batting order. There will likely be more opportunities for aggressiveness if Bourjos hits lower in the lineup, as expected. If he were to hit near the top, you’re not going to want him taking as many running risks with RBI-men Matt Holliday and Allen Craig behind him.
If Wong sticks as an everyday player, he should easily steal more than 10 bases this season. He had 20+ in each of his last two Minor League seasons and even swiped three with the Cardinals in 2013 even though he had only nine hits and three walks in his big league stint.
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