Now, in one of his mailbag's pieces in his blog, Jason Beck fielded a question about Curtis stealing more bases.
He said that Grandy has a bit of a perfection issue with base stealing-in that he only goes when under the most ideal of circumstances. That has resulted in a very high baserunner rating--he rarely gets caught--but fewer attempts. Beck also mentioned that Andy Van Slyke had worked with Curtis on baserunning in 2007, which we may all remember prompted Granderson to look more for triples out of the box--and wow did that ever work like magic.
I guess both of these factors probably come into play a bit with Curtis' running game, but when I had read Curtis' own explanation late last season, I was more than a little bewildered--why on earth wouldn't he be getting the green light more often? I mean, he's not José Reyes or anything, but he should have been running a lot more last year, especially given our lack of overall team speed.
I'm hoping that Curtis, Jim and the rest of the coaching staff get on the same page so that he can swipe his fair share of bases this year.