Miguel Olivo has Steadied Behind the Plate

Before the game on May 10, the Mariners had completed 35 games and Miguel Olivo had appeared in 29 of them with 27 starts and Jeff wrote this post noting that:

Passed balls + wild pitches

(1t) Mets, 21
(1t) Mariners, 21
(3) Cardinals, 20
(4t) Blue Jays, 19
(4t) Tigers, 19
(Average) 13

Well all right. What about caught steals?

(26t) Yankees, 21%
(26t) Dodgers, 21%
(27t) Indians, 18%
(27t) Mariners, 18%
(29) Phillies, 16%
(30) White Sox, 12%
(Average) 28%

Checking back now reveals a happier statistical picture.

Passed balls + wild pitches
(1) Blue Jays, 58, 1 every 14.1 IP
(2) Rockies, 48, 1 every 17 IP
...
(7) Mariners, 42, 1 every 19.1 IP
...
(29) Orioles, 21, 1 every 37.2 IP
(30) Phillies, 18, 1 every 46 IP

Having the 7th most wild pitches plus passed balls isn't cause for celebration of course, even though it's better than having the 2nd most (and wow are the Blue Jays bad). However, the caught stealing numbers are even better.

Caught Stealing%
(1) Nationals, 40%
(2) Orioles, 38%
...
(10) Mariners, 31%
...
(T29) Angels, 18%
(T29) Astros, 18%

Chris Gimenez deserves a mention for nabbing five of 12 would-be stealers, but Olivo has done his fair share as his 31% kill rate is fractionally better than the overall team rate. It would be great for the passed balls and wild pitches to continue falling, but if asked, I would be satisfied with the overall picture as it stands now.

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