Indians eye triple digits in stolen bases

Indians eye triple digits in stolen bases

Indians eye triple digits in stolen bases
CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Manny Acta does not believe his philosophy on stolen bases varies too much from that of other managers in the big leagues.

"I'm just like everybody else," Acta said. "Everybody likes stolen bases if the guy is safe. If the guy gets thrown out, everybody hates it. It's that simple."

This season, the Indians have used stolen bases more than in recent years.

Entering Monday's game against Oakland, Cleveland had 85 stolen bases, which ranked seventh in the American League. The Indians are on pace to top 100 stolen bases in a season for the first time since 2000, when the team swiped 113. The Tribe has topped 90 stolen bases just twice (2010 and 2004) in the last 11 seasons.

After stealing three bags in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis upped his team-leading total to 26 stolen bases in 31 chances this year for a success rate of 84 percent. Shin-Soo Choo ranks second on the Indians with 15 in 21 chances (71 percent).

Michael Brantley, with 12 stolen bases in 20 opportunities for a 60-percent rate, ranks third on the club.

Acta said he is fine with his players running as long as the success rate is solid.

"Nobody feels it's great if you don't do the right percentage," Acta said. "If you make it 70 percent of the time or higher, I'm good. If you don't? It's not worth running. It's that simple. So there's not that big difference in philosophy.

"If you have guys that can't run, you shouldn't be running.