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Feeling Good About Crawford

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Despite Carl posting his worst wOBA since 2003, some things from 2008 deserve proper attention. The quick lists:

Pros:

Still an awesome defender (nearly a win)

Improved walk and strikeout rates, by extension a career high in BB/K rate (0.50)

Unlucky BABIP (a pro in the sense that it will improve next year)

Cons:

Showed least amount of power since 2003 (Iso)

Over 30% O-Swing%.

Reduced steals: in 2007 Crawford attempted a steal in 27% of his times on base, that number went down to 20% last season. That's not a "getting on base" thing either. Although perhaps a change in running philosophy took place.