Tssss, tss, tss, tssss, scooby-do-boop, green light go, run so fast. I hope you’ve enjoyed my lyrical stylings of what I think goes through Jazz’s head on the basepaths. We need the people who can hit the right notes, so to speak. I’ve also included the catchers being run on the most below.

  • Jazz Chisholm found his base-stealing rhythm this week with 5 SBs in 5 games. This season hasn’t been what we hoped for from the exciting young Marlin. Much of that is related to an early injury. If he can keep adding steals in chunks with some occasional power he’ll erase most of that mid-season struggle.
  • Nicky Lopez is your kind of gross steals grab for the second week in a row. The bottom could drop out anytime, especially if he doesn’t continue getting on base at this high of a clip. He has the tools and plays for the right team, however. We all bow to the faceless deity of added steals.
  • Cleveland has been giving more green lights as a team this half, moving into the top 5 for team stolen bases. They acquired Myles Straw, called back up Andres Giminez, and Jose Ramirez continues to pluck a bag now and then for you. Even Bradley Zimmer has 10 SBs on the year.
  • The Angels are a priority target when we’re looking for enhanced odds of SB opportunities. Max Stassi throws almost no one out and his battery mate Kurt Suzuki is just off the below chart but still yielding 0.06 SB/Inn. Wheels up if you see them in the schedule.
  • Zack Collins continues to be a problem when defending stolen bases. The White Sox are also a lineup that can force teams into a more aggressive approach to a game. If you can line up a rabbit against them for a series it’s a boon.
  • I feel like James McCann deserves some credit for carrying the Mets out of the top 5. Sure, their worst offender, Noah Syndergaard, has missed the season but as a staff, they’re perenially awful at holding runners.

Here are the top 20 catchers in steals given up.

Name Team SB CS CS% Inn SB/Inn
Will Smith LAD 58 20 25.6% 780.2 0.07
Christian Vazquez BOS 47 13 21.7% 842.2 0.06
Omar Narvaez MIL 45 15 25.0% 699 0.06
Victor Caratini SDP 43 8 15.7% 653.1 0.07
Mike Zunino TB 42 10 19.2% 668 0.06
Zack Collins CHW 42 8 16.0% 460.1 0.09
Jacob Stallings PIT 39 10 20.4% 732 0.05
James McCann NYM 38 17 30.9% 662 0.06
Yan Gomes – – – 37 17 31.5% 596 0.06
Tom Murphy SEA 37 9 19.6% 542.2 0.07
Sean Murphy OAK 36 11 23.4% 792.1 0.05
Max Stassi LAA 35 6 14.6% 523 0.07
Tucker Barnhart CIN 34 11 24.4% 683.1 0.05
Dom Nunez COL 34 8 19.0% 506.1 0.07
Stephen Vogt – – – 32 14 30.4% 463.2 0.07
Willson Contreras CHC 32 11 25.6% 793 0.04
Ryan Jeffers MIN 32 11 25.6% 470.1 0.07
Austin Barnes LAD 31 9 22.5% 353.2 0.09
Tyler Stephenson CIN 30 7 18.9% 457.1 0.07
Gary Sanchez NYY 29 5 14.7% 679 0.04
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scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Even Franmil has 4 steals!