|3||St. Louis Cardinals||20||10||33.3%|
Much has been said about Miguel Montero's throwing problems this year, as he already has 8 errors. But teams are still not running on the Diamondbacks very much - 16/22 against Montero, and 3/6 against backup Henry Blanco. The 19 SB in 49 games (0.39/Game) is a huge improvement from 2010, when the team allowed ranked #22 in MLB with 115 SB allowed (0.71/Game).
|1||New York Mets||51||26||33.8%|
|2||St. Louis Cardinals||53||38||41.8%|
|3||Toronto Blue Jays||69||35||33.7%|
One reason for the improvement has been Henry Blanco, who is one of the best catchers in baseball at slowing down the running game, with a career CS% of 43%. But the coaching staff also deserves a lot of credit. During Spring Training, manager Kirk Gibson and former Diamondbacks' pitchers Mike Fetters and Ed Vosberg worked extensively with the pitching staff on holding runners close. It looks like this work has really paid off.]]>
|5||San Francisco Giants||2.87|
|6||Chicago White Sox||3.01|
|8||New York Mets||3.14|
|10||Los Angeles Dodgers||3.29|
Looking at the individual pitchers, almost all of the damage to the team ERA has been done by the back end of the starting rotation.
The top 10 pitchers for the month of May (excluding Saunders, Galarraga, and Enright) have an amazing 1.04 ERA so far this month. Unfortunately, the team still only has a 6-8 record for May, because the offense has slumped to a .209 batting average (lowest in the Majors in May) and has scored only 3.1 Runs/Game.]]>