Put a rope around Aybar's waist
Now we've lost 3 games, and 2 of them ended on Erick Aybar getting thrown out at second. He took the bat right out of Howie Kendrick's hands. The same Howie who was 4-4 in the game.
Aybar is clearly fast, but he must have some serious problem getting a jump because he has specialized in getting thrown out all through the minors. 18 CS last year. 23 in AA, and 36! the year before that in Rancho Cucamonga.
1. Have Figgins teach him how to read pitchers and get jumps
2. Let him run in some non-crucial situations. Until he proves he can make it at a high percentage, no more running with the game on the line.
3. If we need to steal a base in the late innings, Reggie Willits and Tommy Murphy are also sitting on the bench, and seem to know what they are doing more than Aybar on the bases.
Can't wait until Figgins gets back, but Maicer Izturis is putting in a claim to keep that 3rd base job to himself. We can still get Figgy some at bats, just bench Hillenbrand, play Figgins all over the field, and DH whoever he rests that day.