Defense - Steal Coverages
by American Sport Education Program
Steal Coverage at Second Base
Runner on First With a Right-Handed Batter at the Plate
Runner on First With a Left-Handed Slap Hitter at the Plate
Steal Coverage at Third Base
Another way to defend the steal of third is to have the third-base player drop back and cover the bag. This method is common with a middle-of-the-lineup batter, with two outs, with two strikes on the batter or with a large lead. Note, however, that some offenses use a fake bunt to decoy the third-base player to come in, which leaves third base wide open on the steal. When using this defense make sure that your pitcher has bunt coverage responsibilities on the third-base side to keep your coverage at third base solid.