Adam Jones Will Steal All Of Your Bases

Adam Jones steal second baseWith two more stolen bases on Sunday, the Orioles lead the American League with 33 on the season. As discussed last week, the O’s aggression on the bases is new to 2013 as they stole the fewest bases of any Major League team a season ago.

With his team facing one of the league’s most difficult pitchers, Matt Moore, and one of the worst defensive catchers, Jose Lobaton, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones stole second and third on back to back pitches after tying the game with an RBI single the fourth inning. Jones would ultimately be left stranded after Steve Pearce flied out to shallow left field and J.J. Hardy recorded the inning’s final out.

Jones is a perfect 7-for-7 this season in stolen bases after going 16-for-23 in 2012. He’s on pace for 26 steals in 2013.

With the early breakout performances of Manny Machado and Chris Davis, it seems like Jones’s numbers haven’t been highlighted enough this season. AJ has reached base in 40 of 43 games this season and is hitting .322/.358/.500.

Heading into Sunday, Jones was hitting .391/.429/.587 with 20 RBI in 49 plate appearances with runners in scoring positions on the year.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

3 Comments

  1. spy

    May 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

    While it is nice to see his average go up a bit , he needs to give his defense more concentration and just look at our outfield,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,you need more homers from the outfield than the O’s are producing,,,,,,,his power is sorely lacking………………….

  2. spy

    May 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

    By the way , does anyone think he deserves just one error this year ? Talk about homer calls……………..he should have four………………..he must have had his gold glove bronzed………….

  3. MGW

    May 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Maybe it’s just me, but I sense that the Orioles want guys with higher OBP rather than the power. Power can and does get shut down in the playoffs – See: 2013 Orioles and New York Yankees.

    Not saying it’s the right philosophy – they won 93 games with brute power – but I think they want to manufacture more runs this season. Jones has obviously made an effort to become a better base stealer, and perhaps changed his approach at the plate in order to manufacture more runs and get on base…

    Just a thought…