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What has gotten into Alejandro De Aza?
A year ago, De Aza was second in baseball with 16 TOOTBLAN - just one behind Jose Altuve of the Astros. This year, after TOOTBLANing Thursday night, he has just seven through 103 games - tied for 14th in baseball with 20 other players.
Last year, De Aza had 12 TOOTBLAN through July 24 - and added his 13th on July 26.
So what gives?
1. He’s getting on base less. Last year, he had a .337 OBP on July 24. This year, he sits at .306.
2. He has stopped getting doubled off. He was doubled off five times last year through July 24. This year? None. Which is precisely the difference between this year and last.
That concludes your Alejandro De Aza TOOTBLAN update.

What has gotten into Alejandro De Aza?

A year ago, De Aza was second in baseball with 16 TOOTBLAN - just one behind Jose Altuve of the Astros. This year, after TOOTBLANing Thursday night, he has just seven through 103 games - tied for 14th in baseball with 20 other players.

Last year, De Aza had 12 TOOTBLAN through July 24 - and added his 13th on July 26.

So what gives?

1. He’s getting on base less. Last year, he had a .337 OBP on July 24. This year, he sits at .306.

2. He has stopped getting doubled off. He was doubled off five times last year through July 24. This year? None. Which is precisely the difference between this year and last.

That concludes your Alejandro De Aza TOOTBLAN update.

So that wasn’t Jack White’s first Cubs game…

So that wasn’t Jack White’s first Cubs game…

This … Well, This Is A TOOTBLAN

Thank you, Kendrys Morales.

(And thank you to Matt Bullock for the gif)

The Reds lead baseball with 50 TOOTBLANs this year (tied with the Rockies) - and they have incredible balance among the team base running blunder leaders:
7: Brandon Phillips, Billy Hamilton, Todd Frazier
5: Brayan Pena, Joey Votto, Ryan Ludwick
4: Devin Mesoraco
In all, 12 Reds have TOOTBLAN’d this year in piling the most in baseball. Compare that to:
17 Pirates who have TOOTBLAN’d (for a total of 47, including 15 by Starling Marte).
12 Cubs, for a total of 36.
12 Brewers, for a total of 43.
15 Cardinals, for a total of 48.
Mere trivia.

The Reds lead baseball with 50 TOOTBLANs this year (tied with the Rockies) - and they have incredible balance among the team base running blunder leaders:

  • 7: Brandon Phillips, Billy Hamilton, Todd Frazier
  • 5: Brayan Pena, Joey Votto, Ryan Ludwick
  • 4: Devin Mesoraco

In all, 12 Reds have TOOTBLAN’d this year in piling the most in baseball. Compare that to:

  • 17 Pirates who have TOOTBLAN’d (for a total of 47, including 15 by Starling Marte).
  • 12 Cubs, for a total of 36.
  • 12 Brewers, for a total of 43.
  • 15 Cardinals, for a total of 48.

Mere trivia.

Edwin Jackson’s less-than-stellar season could be going even worse.
Jackson leads MLB pitchers in one good category: He’s been on the mound for more opponent TOOTBLANs than any other pitcher in baseball. Thirteen base runners have TOOTBLAN’d with Jackson on the mound - one more than second place Madison Bumgarner.
These can often be chalked up to luck (runners getting doubled off, gunned down seeking an extra base, etc.), but Jackson is largely doing his own work: Eight of the 13 were picked off (including those picked off and then caught stealing, which is counted differently by baseball-reference and others), with the others getting thrown out trying for an extra base.

Edwin Jackson’s less-than-stellar season could be going even worse.

Jackson leads MLB pitchers in one good category: He’s been on the mound for more opponent TOOTBLANs than any other pitcher in baseball. Thirteen base runners have TOOTBLAN’d with Jackson on the mound - one more than second place Madison Bumgarner.

These can often be chalked up to luck (runners getting doubled off, gunned down seeking an extra base, etc.), but Jackson is largely doing his own work: Eight of the 13 were picked off (including those picked off and then caught stealing, which is counted differently by baseball-reference and others), with the others getting thrown out trying for an extra base.

The Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds enter the All Star break atop the TOOTBLAN world with 50 each. The Giants are last (or first?) with a mere 21.
The chart above takes a look at which teams have the highest and lowest TOOTBLAN differential on the year. (For orientation purposes, the horizontal axis looks at the number of TOOTBLAN committed, while the vertical axis tracks the number of TOOTBLANs a team’s opponents’ have committed.)
The top three teams in TOOBLAN differential are:
San Francisco Giants: +23 (21 committed, 44 forced)
Baltimore Orioles: +21 (28, 49)
Texas Rangers: +20 (29, 49)
The teams with the worst TOOTBLAN differential:
Colorado Rockies: -18 (50 for, 32 against)
Cincinnati Reds: -17 (50, 33)
Los Angeles Dodgers: -17 (44, 27)
The teams square in the middle of the chart - the Twins, Pirates, Yankees and others - have roughly the same number of TOOTBLAN forced and committed.
(Note: The Diamondbacks and Nationals have the exact same numbers (34/42; +8); and the Cardinals and Marlins do as well (38/32; -6). Both teams don’t show up on the chart because the circles sit on top of each other.)

The Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds enter the All Star break atop the TOOTBLAN world with 50 each. The Giants are last (or first?) with a mere 21.

The chart above takes a look at which teams have the highest and lowest TOOTBLAN differential on the year. (For orientation purposes, the horizontal axis looks at the number of TOOTBLAN committed, while the vertical axis tracks the number of TOOTBLANs a team’s opponents’ have committed.)

The top three teams in TOOBLAN differential are:

  • San Francisco Giants: +23 (21 committed, 44 forced)
  • Baltimore Orioles: +21 (28, 49)
  • Texas Rangers: +20 (29, 49)

The teams with the worst TOOTBLAN differential:

  • Colorado Rockies: -18 (50 for, 32 against)
  • Cincinnati Reds: -17 (50, 33)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: -17 (44, 27)

The teams square in the middle of the chart - the Twins, Pirates, Yankees and others - have roughly the same number of TOOTBLAN forced and committed.

(Note: The Diamondbacks and Nationals have the exact same numbers (34/42; +8); and the Cardinals and Marlins do as well (38/32; -6). Both teams don’t show up on the chart because the circles sit on top of each other.)