thedoc wrote:He also was stealing when you had a lefty at bat. Perhaps he would have made it if a right hand batter had been up. I get the idea of stealing third to set up the squeeze play. I just think it was ill advised timing. IMO.
I strongly disagree. It doesn't just set up the squeeze play. It sets up a sac fly or a passed ball/WP or a ground ball to 2B. He pretty much scores on anything if the batter puts it in play, doesn't pop up on the IF, and doesn't ground out to 3B/SS. Additionally, I believe the pitcher was on deck, which significantly decrease the chances of scoring.
IMO, it was just bad luck. Good timing, good jump, better throw. Sure, a lefty at bat makes it tougher to steal third, but not so much so that it outweighs the increase in scoring chance w/ the pitcher on deck.
EDIT: It might have been the pitcher at bat, not 100% sure. But, the same logic applies IMO, if not moreso.