The Dodgers are suffering through their worst stretch of the season with six losses in their last seven games after Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Rockies, but they have been improving in one area: stealing bases.
The Dodgers in 2011 were fourth in the National League with 126 stolen bases and stole those bases at a 75.9 percent clip, fifth in the league. But this year, the club began the year much worse when trying to steal.
Though May 26, the Dodgers had stolen just 21 bases in 46 games and were caught 18 times, for a 53.8 percent success rate. First base coach Davey Lopes, who also serves as base-running instructor, was not pleased.
"Stolen bases, am I happy with that? No, to be honest with you," Lopes said on May 26. "No one is really doing as well this year as he did last year. Last year's record was very good. This year is not even close, we've went backwards. It's something we'll have to adjust."
However, since those words from Lopes, the Dodgers have 12 stolen bases in eight g...