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The Braves were the only team last year to attempt fewer than 90 steals successfully stealing 58 bases and being caught 26 times. Outfielder Matt Diaz was 12 of 17 in stolen bases to lead the team followed by Nate McLouth who stole 12 while being caught six times after he was acquired from the Pirates where he had been perfect in seven attempts.
2. Ronnie Belliard, Alex Cintron, Ian Desmond, Alberto Gonzalez, Willie Harris, Anderson Hernandez, and Pete Orr all played second base for the Nationals last season.
3. Last season in 520 plate appearances, Bengie Molina drew 13 walks. The Padres’ Drew Macias did that in 90 plate appearances.
4. Todd Helton’s power numbers continue to decline. In 2001-2002, Helton had 79 homers. From 2005-2009, he’s hit 74.
5. Only 10 players have played their entire careers exclusively in the two Ohio cities of Cleveland and Cincinnati and Matt Philips who spent 2002 to 2005 with the Tribe and has since been with the Reds.
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7. Kevin Slowey gave up 15 homers and 15 walks in 90.2 innings last season, an average of 1.5 of each per 9 innings. Carlos Marmol only gave up 2 homers in 74 innings last season, an average of 0.2 per 9 innings, but he walked 65, an average of 7.9 per 9 innings.
8. In Nick Markakis’ first three seasons he played 465 games and hit 9 sac flies. Last year, in 161 games, he led the AL with 10.
9. Over last two seasons combined, no pitcher with at least 30 starts can top Florida’s Josh Johnson’s .786 winning percentage (22-6).