I have zero concern for any consecutive steals record. Best use of Buxton is as a disruptive force on the base paths. That means stealing second, third, and home. Obviously, stealing home is the hardest, but when there's a ridiculous shift, or a lefty pitcher that looks at the ground during the set...then he should go for it.
Not being 100 percent successful is fine by me. Meanwhile, Buxton's presence at first, second or third base should be making the pitcher nervous as hell. He should be dancing, thumbing his nose, saying "nyah-nyah," etc. He should be drawing a dozen pick off throws per game. Each one is a chance for the pitcher to throw one past the baseman. Each time he checks on Buxton, he's thinking about Buxton, not the hitter or the strike zone. Buxton can make a pitcher lose his poise, and his cool. It's that kind of incessant pressure that tells me I would green light him to steal every time he's on base, and I would NEVER, EVER criticize Buxton for getting caught.
Buxton as he is right now is worth almost a run a game. If he starts stealing third, he'll be worth closer to two runs per game. That's not just because he's a threat to steal, but because the hitter is facing a pitcher whose attention is divided. Pitchers like that throw balls into the dirt, or right down the middle.
Edited by jimbo92107, 21 April 2019 - 10:28 PM.