Back-to-Back Pickoffs Solved

In the ninth inning of a tied game on Wednesday, the Royals had two runners picked off of first base. Now it seems that night’s lineup card gives a little insight to the cause of the blunders.

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Jeff writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first season in Tout Wars, he won the H2H league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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I was watching that game. Not only were 2 runners picked off, they were both pinch-runners. 2 consecutive guys were removed from the lineup, replaced by a seemingly better runner, and then were subsequently picked off. Against a right-handed pitcher too! (feliz)