Monday, May 25, 2015

The Davey Lopes Era

Phillies' SB numbers with Davey Lopes

The Davey Lopes Era

Ex-Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes is now with the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Ex-Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes is now with the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

When former Dodger second baseman Davey Lopes joined the Phillies as a coach for the 2007 season, he helped them increase their stolen base total by 50 percent over the previous year and set a major league record for stolen base percentage.

However, the Phillies' SB total dipped in each of their next three seasons and their SB% never approached that benchmark again. Lopes (shown at right with Jimmy Rollins during the 2009 NLCS) returned to the Dodgers this winter, and the Phils are on a pace to just about match their SB number from his last season here. (By the way, in six games against the Dodgers this season, the Phillies stole five bases and were not caught.)

Here are the Phillies stolen base statistics and leaders for since 2006 (seasons with Lopes in bold): 

Year      SB CS Pct. 20+ (SB/CS)
2006   92 25 78.6% Rollins (36/4)
        Abreu (20/4)
2007 138    19     87.9%     Rollins (41/6)
        Victorino (37/4)
2008 136 25 84.5% Rollins (47/3)
        Victorino (36/11)  
        Werth (20/1)
2009 119 28 81.0% Rollins (31/8)
        Victorino (25/8)
        Utley (23/0)
        Werth (20/3)
2010 108 21 83.7% Victorino (34/6)
2011 80 19 80.8% Rollins (27/6)
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