Martin Fifth In N.L. Caught Stealing

Russell Martin topped the Dodgers with a .311 percentage, throwing out 32 of 103 runners attempting to steal. He ranked fifth in the National League among catchers with over 700 innings caught.

The Dodger team average was .260, with Toby Hall posting a .357 percentage (5-of-14), Sandy Alomar caught just one of 15 (.067) and Dioner Navarro was 0-for-16.

Yadier Molina of St. Louis lead the league with a .440 percentage (29-of-66) and Miguel Oliva was second at .385 (30-of-78).

Steve Yeager holds the Dodgers record with a .513 mark after catching 20 of 39 runners in 1985. He is also second on the list with a .457 (32-of-70) set in 1977.
Caught stealing - 2006
 pct       (700+ innings)   sb-att 
.440—Yadier Molina, StL     29-66  
.385—Miguel Oliva, Fla      30-78 
.362—Ron Paulino, Pitt      38-105
.357—*Toby Hall, LA          5-14  
.321—Damian Miller, Mil     17-53 
.311—Russell Martin, LA     32-103 
.301—Brian Schneider, Mon   25-83 
.294—Dioner Navarro, LA, TB 20-68  
.290—John Estrada, Ariz     27-93 
.257—Eliezer Alfonso, SF    18-70  
.243—Paul Lo Duca, NYMets   27-111  
.231—Brian McCann, Atl      21-91 
.221—Brad Ausmus, Hou       17-77    
.191—Michael Barrett, Chi   21-110 
.118—Mike Piazza, SD        13-110 
.067—Sandy Alomar, LA        1-15 
.000—*Dioner Navarro, LA     0-16 
   *not enough innings to qualify

Top 15 individuals

pctyear              cs-att
.513—Yeager, 1985    20-39
.457—Yeager, 1978    32-70 
.407—Lo Duca, 2003   57-140
.475—Kreuter, 2000   19-40
.395—Yeager, 1977    34-86 

.392—Lo Duca, 2001   31-79 
.386—Scioscia, 1984  49-127 
.355—Piazza, 1993    59-166 
.342—Scioscia, 1988  38-111 
.339—Scioscia, 1989  37-109 

.333—Scioscia, 1985  37-111 
.331—Scioscia, 1992  43-130 
.317—Johnson, 1998   26-82
.311—Martin, 2006    32-103
.244—Lo Duca, 2002   30-123
Catchers ERA The Dodgers split their catching duties four ways in 2006 and Russell Martin topped the staff by having a catcher's earned run average .30 points below the team earned run average.

Catcher's earned run average (CERA) is figured the same as a pitchers: earned runs divided by innings caught, times nine. However, LADugout.com ranks them not by total ERA, but by the difference between their earned run average and that of the entire staff.

Catchers without the necessary 700+ innings to be rated include three Dodgers; Einar Diaz (one inning) Dioner Navarro (195 innings), Toby Hall (134) and Sandy Alomar 115). Diaz didn't allow a run and was therefore -4.24 runs lower than the team mark. Navarro was -0.35 lower but both Hall (+1.12) and Alomar (+1.86) were well over the average.

Brian Schneider of Washington earned the CERA by recording a 4.28 ERA while catching for a team that finished with a 5.03 ERA. His ERA was 0.75 lower.
  2006 Catchers ERA leaders:
     (700+ innings)                team
+/-                          CERA   ERA
-0.75—Brian Schneider, Wash  4.28  5.03
-0.35—Mike Piazza, SD        3.52  3.87
-0.33—Ron Paulino, Pitt      4.19  4.52
-0.30—Russell Martin, LA     3.93  4.23
-0.26—Brad Ausmus, Hou       3.82  4.08
-0.24—Damian Miller, Mil     4.58  4.82
+0.20—John Estrada, Ariz     4.45  4.48
+0.20—Paul Lo Duca, NY       4.34  4.14
-0.19—Brian McCann, Atl      4.41  4.60
-0.14—Michael Barrett, Chi   4.60  4.74
-0.13—Eliezer Alfonso, SF    4.50  4.63
-0.01—Yadier Molina, StL     4.53  4.54
+0.04—Miguel Oliva, Fla      4.41  4.37
  Other Dodger catchers 
-4.23—*Einar Diaz            0.00  4.23
-0.35—*Dioner Navarro        3.88  4.23
+1.21—*Toby Hall             5.44  4.23  
+1.86—*Sandy Alomar          6.09  4.23
   *not enough innings to qualify
Martin Second
Martin's 2006 difference of -0.30 runs is second only to Paul Lo Duca's 2003 record of -.043 among in catchers earned run average. Mike Scioscia holds the next five slots in the top 10.
  Top 10 Catchers ERA
                         era  team
-.43—Lo Duca, 2003      2.73  3.16
-.30—Russ Martin, 2006  3.93  4.23
-.27—Scioscia, 1992     3.14  3.41
-.26—Scioscia, 1990     3.68  3.94  
-.22—Scioscia, 1984     2.95  3.17

-.21—Scioscia, 1987     3.51  3.73
-.21—Scioscia, 1988     2.75  2.96
-.15—Piazza, 1996       3.31  3.46
-.15—Johnson, 1998      3.67  3.81
-.12—Piazza, 1997       3.50  3.62

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