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Madvora
04-30-2006, 06:15 PM
Does anyone else think that Ozuna has become a better base stealer than Podsednik?

Personally, when I see him out there and know that he's going to steal, I have 100% confidence in him right now. As for Podsednik, I have about 25% confidence that he'll get in there safely now.

Great 9th inning by Pablo today!

clean
04-30-2006, 06:16 PM
I think its because everyone and their brother knows pods wants to steal everytime he gets on. Pablo is, as they say, "under the radar"

Madvora
04-30-2006, 06:17 PM
I think its because everyone and their brother knows pods wants to steal everytime he gets on. Pablo is, as they say, "under the radar" I don't know about that because he's always coming in as a pinch runner and that's when he's always taking off.
You know that's coming and he still gets in there.

viagracat
04-30-2006, 06:17 PM
Does anyone else think that Ozuna has become a better base stealer than Podsednik?

Personally, when I see him out there and know that he's going to steal, I have 100% confidence in him right now. As for Podsednik, I have about 25% confidence that he'll get in there safely now.

Great 9th inning by Pablo today!

I'm not quite ready to say that, but Pablo pretty much did it all by himself in the 9th for a WHITE SOX WINNER!

clean
04-30-2006, 06:18 PM
I don't know about that because he's always coming in as a pinch runner and that's when he's always taking off.
You know that's coming and he still gets in there.

right but he hasn't put up the numbers that scotty has. Ask anybody in the majors and they fear pods more than pablo

Gavin
04-30-2006, 06:19 PM
Not to take anything away from Ozuna but I think he would've been beat today if the catcher didn't double-clutch the ball.

Daver
04-30-2006, 06:19 PM
This early in the season, it doesn't matter whether Podsednick is succesful or not, the mere fact that when he is on base alters the way the opposing pitcher approaches the next batter is more important. in another month if he has not honed his timing, it will be time to worry about it.

infohawk
04-30-2006, 06:21 PM
I think it's probably the case that Podsednik's repaired hernias probably still aren't 100%. Pods will be more successful with time. His speed is still very effective in the outfield and going from first to third. I think the big story almost everyone is missing is that, this year, the Sox don't need the stolen base in their arsenal nearly as much as they did last year. It's nice to know it's there, however. If Pods gets his mojo back, a really dangerous team just becomes really, really dangerous.

MarySwiss
04-30-2006, 06:22 PM
I wasn't aware there was a contest. I love it when either of them is on base.

Madvora
04-30-2006, 06:23 PM
Not to take anything away from Ozuna but I think he would've been beat today if the catcher didn't double-clutch the ball.
More than just today though. Ozuna seems like he's always getting it done.

Scottiehaswheels
04-30-2006, 06:23 PM
Too bad we couldn't have Ozuna steal 2nd and have Crede pop a double off the left field wall today lol

IlliniSox4Life
04-30-2006, 06:24 PM
I think Ozuna might actually be faster than Pods. Pods is more technically sound though. He's the better base stealer. Pods has seemed to lost his mojo though, which makes Ozuna the best base stealer currently, but once Pods gets his mojo back, he's better than Pablo.

oeo
04-30-2006, 06:25 PM
Not to take anything away from Ozuna but I think he would've been beat today if the catcher didn't double-clutch the ball.

I hate this thinking...why? There are so many variables in a baseball game, how can you pick just one and say that changed the outcome of the game?

SOecks
04-30-2006, 06:47 PM
I'd love to just use Pods as a base stealing distraction for awhile and not run him when he gets on. He should still be able to disrupt pitchers and won't run us out of innings. Then hopefully when he's 100% soon he can sneak up on people a bit.

flo-B-flo
04-30-2006, 06:56 PM
I wasn't aware there was a contest. I love it when either of them is on base. Me neither. Zoom gets on. He steals 2nd. He gets bunted to 3rd. He scores on a wp. We win. Beautiful.

JohnBasedowYoda
04-30-2006, 07:02 PM
Me neither. Zoom gets on. He steals 2nd. He gets bunted to 3rd. He scores on a wp. We win. Beautiful.



I think his unofficial nickname was the Missle or something of a munitions nature. Zoom is good too. Just as long as that "all i wanna do is zooma zoom zoom" song stays away.

DickAllen72
04-30-2006, 07:30 PM
Ozuna is a very valuable player on this team. He demonstrated that again today.

Of course he's a better base=stealer than Pods is right now. Ozuna is a good base runner. Only time will tell if Pods gets his base-stealing skills back or not, but at this point in time Pods can't seem to steal a base if his life depended on it.

doublem23
04-30-2006, 09:01 PM
This early in the season, it doesn't matter whether Podsednick is succesful or not, the mere fact that when he is on base alters the way the opposing pitcher approaches the next batter is more important. in another month if he has not honed his timing, it will be time to worry about it.

I agree with this. In 2004 with Milwaukee, Podsednik stole 70 bags, so it's not like he caught everyone off guard by running like crazy last year. He's still feeling the effects of not having that month of Spring Training and I'm sure it's effecting his performance. Right now, as long as he gets on base and disrupts the opposition, he's doing his job.

Gavin
04-30-2006, 10:10 PM
I hate this thinking...why? There are so many variables in a baseball game, how can you pick just one and say that changed the outcome of the game?

Original poster stated his 100% confidence in Ozuna stealing bases. I was just saying that it's somewhat misguided to place SB success on the runner alone.

QCIASOXFAN
04-30-2006, 10:12 PM
I really don't care either way, but I think that Pablo is the better base stealer right now. I think that Pod's leg is still bothering him and hes not totally completely healthy right now. When Scott gets better and I think that he will be back on top though. It also seems like pitchers are far more concerned with Scott then Pablo.

ondafarm
04-30-2006, 10:34 PM
Ozuna is a useful role player on the current team. I don't think he hits consistently enough or plays solid enough defense in any position to merit full time play. On the other hand Ozzie uses almost all of his bench players more than any other manager in the major leagues, IMHO.

cbrownson13
04-30-2006, 11:11 PM
No, he always gets thrown out in my season of MLB 06 The Show. He's a terrible base stealer.

esbrechtel
05-01-2006, 02:48 PM
anybody remember when he got CS in the 9th against the mariners after BAs homerun? I feel like him running when we had some of the most potent batters coming up was foolish...and like someone else mentioned....base stealing has everything to do with the pitchers delivery, the catchers catch and throw....hawk and DJ even said he didnt get that good of a jump....and if molina didnt double clutch we may not even have this thread...

JC456
05-01-2006, 03:18 PM
This early in the season, it doesn't matter whether Podsednick is succesful or not, the mere fact that when he is on base alters the way the opposing pitcher approaches the next batter is more important. in another month if he has not honed his timing, it will be time to worry about it.

Ditto!!:cool:

salty99
05-01-2006, 03:28 PM
Stealing bases isn't just about being healthy...case in point..Willie Harris.

mccoydp
05-01-2006, 04:05 PM
Stealing bases isn't just about being healthy...case in point..Willie Harris.

Cue Bafia in 5...4...3...2...1

DickAllen72
05-01-2006, 05:58 PM
Stealing bases isn't just about being healthy...case in point..Willie Harris.

Willie had good SB/CS ratios. Look it up.

Madvora
05-01-2006, 10:53 PM
Great Scott! 4 stolen bases by Podsednik tonight. He must have read the thread.

Ozuna makes sure he puts one up there too!