June 10, 2013 12:23 PM

Royals win by a tenth of a second

Let’s go over the math one more time: the average major-league base stealer takes 3.4 seconds to steal second base; the average major-league catcher takes 2.0 seconds to catch the ball and deliver it to second base, so the average major-league pitcher needs to deliver the ball to home plate in 1.4 seconds or less to have any chance to throw out most base stealers. Keep that in mind as we go along.

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