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While it isn’t an exact science, picking on a pitcher for stolen base success is not always an awful strategy.  So after the jump, there is a year-to-date chart that shows the propensity for pitcher’s to give up the free base.  Like I said, it is never an exact anything, because there are some elite names on this list, and because they are usually good pitchers, their respective OBP against isn’t the shining star of stats to chase.  But in theory, chasing dudes for thievery in a non-thievery world is bad folly.  Because getting on base is the most important thing next to waking up and reading what Ge has to say.  Us bottom feeders who swim the waters in the afternoon gotta be creative and basically be the monkey on the grind box to get your attention.  So for those of you with ADHD, welcome back.  And here is some weekly insight into the world of steals and saves.  Cause you may be a dime piece but saves and steals don’t need a face…

Name SB’s SB Opps OBPa
Tyler Glasnow 11 58 .420
Matt Cain 10 63 .340
Gerrit Cole 8 65 .269
Scott Feldman 8 59 .312
Trevor Cahill 7 54 .301
Ubaldo Jimenez 7 49 .342
Jimmy Nelson 7 55 .329
Jon Lester 6 63 .338
Jason Hammel 6 74 .388
Jake Arrieta 5 67 .342
Julio Teheran 5 80 .340
Justin Verlander 5 74 .330
Daniel Norris 5 78 .377
Robert Gsellman 4 63 .391
Rookie Davis 4 41 .453
Tanner Roark 4 73 .309


  • Rookie Davis’ 4 steals against are in a mere 19 innings this year.
  • Jon lester has been better this year with the CS category as he has allowed 6 SB, but has 7 CS.

Reymond Fuentes – Should be the best beneficiary of the Pollock injury.  Or as I like to say it “the stop it if you have heard” me.  Had 9 steals in the car recovery and travel coordinators of the baseball.  Whether he does enough to stay in the lead-off spot will determine almost all his value.  Owings/Ahmed are also grabs if you feel like being handsy in the dessert.

Paul Goldschmidt – Weird but true this week, he has more steals over the last 162 games then all but four players.  He is also ahead of Segura, Trout, Altuve, and Betts.

Tommy Pham – He’s too hot right now to not own.  The Cardinals outfielders surrounding him are not.  Three steals in the past 14 games is a ton for a team that isn’t all wheels on the base paths.

Kole Calhoun – Moving to the lead off spot.  Interesting, couldn’t they just roll with a less consistent guy to ruin Mike Trout’s prime years?  I still think they should just set it and forget it with Cam-Ron May-Bin.

Carlos Gomez – The other, other Cargo head out for an extended stay on the DL.  Enter Delino-Saur Jr.  regular gig unless Jared Hoying, Ryan Rua or some one else can wrestle consistent at-bats.

Corey Knebel – Mr. Happy just wasn’t cutting it doing curls with Thames. I think CK is the one until he gets more back via trade for the Brew-ha-ha’s.

Aroldis Chapman – To the DL as well.  It is a giant pattern this week in SAGNOFville.  Betances is the obvious cuff, but those speculating Tyler Clippard isn’t too bad also as the Yankees don’t like to overuse the as of late struggling Dellin.

Shawn Kelley – Returned from DL and blew a lead.  The Nationals are like the Sarlacc pit of saves.  In a Star Wars kinda way. They lack a stable closer only reliever and need one desperately.


  1. RpBoyz1 says:

    “In its belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested over a…thousand years.”

    Oh the sarlacc pit.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @RpBoyz1: ha….thousand years don’t sound too bad

  2. jason batteiger says:

    best 2 for holds:
    bradley/hoover/bearclaw/dunn/rogers/farq/koji/vizcaino/hernandez (LAA)/blevins

  3. Adam says:

    Would u trade Zimmerman for Jacob Degrom??

    • RpBoyz1 says:


      imho :: very tough call with the mets Offense struggling mightily, and will probably continue to do so. but for K’s, ERA and WHIP. gotta love big Jake. Zimmerman is having a hell of a season, but i dont see the renaissance continuing the way it has the first 45 days. if team needs are pitching-heaving (outside of those W’s)…i say pull the trigger.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Adam: I am Running from Mets players as they seem to have bad ju-ju on them with injuries.

  4. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:

    What do you think of the Seattle situation?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Diaz likes taters, but seriouslty Cishek is gotta be owned just in case here. no one is pitching fantastic besides Rzepcznyski and that’s not a rosterable guy as he is a Loogy with flair

  5. Ryan says:

    Yo smokey, you are appreciated! I’m looking to pick up another set-up guy. Bowman has the most holds with the best peripherals on my waiver wire. There are other players with between eight and ten holds but their peripherals and strikeouts are mediocre. Joe Smith Is also an option. What do you think about Bowman? Guys like Gregorson and will Harris are on the wire, too.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Ryan: I like Bowman, but Siegrtist has been pitching better over the past 8 -10 innings so look out for that. joe Smith is the guy I would go with for the short time, but don’t fall in love and move frequently

  6. Adam says:

    Justin Smoak or Aaron hicks ROS?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Adam: yuck, both don’t exude confidence. 3 days of Smoak and 4 of Hicks…lol

  7. nightpandas says:

    what are your thoughts on Baltimore? Brach not looking so good lately…

      • Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:

        @nightpandas: o’day very likely for saves.

  8. Greg says:

    Sagnof Pollock replacement, Pham, Leury, or. ..Margot…Maybin?

  9. Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:

    16 team with holds, have betances, glover, bradley, rivero, bearclaw, norris. drop bearclaw for any of: kela, a.wilson, siegrist, madson, viz, farq, koji, hembree, nicasio, j.smith, hand.

    2. drop bradley for a 2nd of those? (bradley used in 8th yesterday, but him and the other 2 used in the 7th/8th all over the place, they take turns which, while being probably the best bullpen to have in real life isn’t the best for us in fantasy)

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