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It's becoming clear that the struggling offense is leading the team to do a few things differently, and in some ways not be true to their game. One noticeable difference I'd like to see more is being aggressive on the bases.
One instance I've been asked a few times about this week was Juan Pierre's decision to try to steal third base Sunday. Charlie Manuel pretty much expressed disappointment with the choice to run by Pierre, and also mentioned he can take the green light off.
I actually did not have a problem with it and would embrace more aggressive plays like this. And just to revisit it: Yes, getting caught trying to steal third with two outs is a bad, bad play in baseball...if there is not trail runner.
In Pierre's case, Victorino was behind him going for second, so they essentially went for two men in scoring position, not one. This was with a red-hot Jimmy Rollins, then hitting .351, at the plate. It was worth the risk, since a hit would have driven in both baserunners and given the Phillies the lead.
It's not just plays like this. Rollins took another base on a hit to right-center on Friday. John Mayberry Jr. tried to stretch a single into a double and was caught.
They are not going to make it every time, but with this offense, I like the aggression and the attempts to get as much as they can.