Tigers struggling to cut down basestealers

Tigers struggling to cut down basestealers

CLEVELAND -- The Tigers have two of the stingier catchers in the league in terms of allowing stolen bases. However, not all stolen bases are on the catcher, which might explain some of the running going on lately.

Among American League teams, only the Angels had allowed more stolen bases this season than the Tigers entering Wednesday. Opponents had swiped 35 bases in 47 attempts (74.5 percent) on Detroit, compared with 39 steals in 50 attempts (78 percent) off the Angels.

Percentage-wise, Detroit is closer to the middle of the pack. Still, the number of attempts shows opponents seeking an opportunity.

The Indians stole three bases in as many attempts in Tuesday's series opener. Two of them came against starter Rick Porcello, who has allowed four steals in as many tries over his last three starts after giving up just three in his first six outings.