For those of you who aren't loyal devotees of Fangraphs or maybe just are scared by sabermetrics in general, there is a shiny new stat they've rolled out for all of us to enjoy: Ultimate Base Running. For an idea of exactly how this stat is calculated, read this, but otherwise just trust me when I tell you it is a stat that measures a player's overall base running skills in terms of running the bases on balls in play (but NOT taking into account stolen bases and caught stealing). In other words, it is an advanced metric perfect for the Scioscia era.
For years, we have heard all about how Scioscia loves for his Angels to run the bases smartly but aggressively. But up until now, we haven't had a stat that could actually show one way or another if his strategy was actually being implemented properly. Sure, we have all kinds of anecdotal evidence at our disposal (i.e. Torii Hunter constantly getting thrown out at third), but UBR gives us a measure to use for all those instances in which a base running mistake or smart decision was made in an imperceptible way.
So now that we have UBR, let's take a look and see just how good the Halos have been at pressuring the defense like Scioscia thinks they are doing: