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Opponents running wild vs. White Sox

5/17/2011

CHICAGO -- It’s a wonder that anybody who reaches first base against the White Sox doesn’t break for second as soon as he can.

The Texas Rangers stole three bases in their 4-0 win on Monday, as the White Sox’s troubles defending the running game continue.

It’s not all A.J. Pierzynski’s fault, although the veteran catcher has thrown out just four of the 35 runners who have attempted to steal against him. That’s a meager 11.4 percent success rate, much lower than the 18 percent in 2008 that was previously his career low.

While left-handers John Danks and Mark Buehrle have done well to keep base runners in check, it is not a strong suit for Edwin Jackson or Gavin Floyd. Jackson was on the mound for all three Rangers' steals Monday.

Look for opponents to run even more, at least until the White Sox can solve the problem. Opponents have been successful stealing in 15 of their last 16 attempts against the White Sox.

The only baserunner caught in that stretch didn't get nailed on a good throw from behind the plate or because the pitcher held him close. It happened this weekend when Oakland's Coco Crisp was tagged out on a straight steal of home.