Uncommon Thievery: Lineup effects

Updated: May 30, 2007, 6:47 PM ET
By Brian McKitish | Special to ESPN.com
With our favorite power/speed threat, Hanley Ramirez, now hitting third in the Florida lineup, it's time to examine the effects the batting order may have on the stolen base. The popular myth that has permeated fantasy sports over the last few years is that a player will steal fewer bases if they are hitting in the middle of the lineup as opposed to the top. The theory seems well-substantiated; take a look at the 2006 breakdown of average number of stolen bases by batting order:

Brian McKitish is a fantasy basketball analyst for ESPN.com and is a two-time Fantasy Basketball Writer of the Year, as named by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.