Only one team in the major leagues stole more bases than the Arizona Diamondbacks did during the regular season. With a whopping total of 166 stolen bases, the D-backs averaged around one per game.
Whether it was Corbin Carroll with 54, Jake McCarthy with 26, or Geraldo Perdomo with 16, the Diamondbacks were not shy about being aggressive on the basepaths.
After all, their adopted slogan this year has been ’embrace the chaos.’
However, in the postseason, this once-chaotic base-stealing team has taken a more conservative approach.
In 10 playoff games, the Diamondbacks have only managed to steal 8 bases, which is nearly half of what the Phillies have achieved in October.
Even Corbin Carroll, who was 3rd overall during the regular season in stolen bases, has only swiped 2 bags so far in the playoffs.
This shift in aggressiveness, which had been a key factor in their early-season success, has now come back to haunt them in the NLCS, as they find themselves trailing the Phillies 3-2.
Consequently, this has led to manager Torey Lovullo announcing that he does plan to be more aggressive in Game 6, per Bob Nightengale at USA Today.
With their season hanging in the balance, the Diamondbacks are reaching back in time, aiming to get back to their old ways on the basepaths.