Who doesn’t love them some BOGO sales? Girls love them, hell even flamboyant fake baseball players like it. I prefer the pun value in them better than buying two pairs of shoes, only of which I need one. Which leads us to Javier Baez. I equate him to that sushi roll that you aren’t sure that you like and don’t exactly know what’s in it. Like a Ahi Tuna special, but in a baseball hat. Entering play (as of me writing this) he had 21 Homers and 9 steals. Not fantastic by any stretch of the SAGNOF variety, but I wanna see if there is more juice to squeeze out of the North Side orange. We are fully entrenched in the here and now of fantasy, but always need to be looking to next year. So with his uptick in speed over the past eight games (3 steals), making everyone aware of their surroundings in the SAGNOF world seemed like a good spot to write about Javy for the first time this year. Batting average is not what you want him to be a stalwart on your team, but the 21 taters with 12-15 stolen base potential with SS, 2B and 3B eligibility heading into next year, he is someone with name value that you may want to ask to your fantasy prom. Enough with the debate about Baez for now and later, let’s get to the Stealers and Savers for the week… Good luck down the stretch lads!
*Willson Contreras would be the most third most vulnerable but he is on the DL.
- If anyone cares or is bored, the 54 stolen bases allowed by Miguel Montero is only 240 less than the MLB record set in 1895 of 293 steals against a catcher named Deacon McGuire… when stealing resulted in castration. The modern day record is Mike Piazza in 1996 with 155.
Delino Deshields – The other Shields has been getting regular at-bats because the Rangers are in el Garbage time. Six steals in his last 15 games with an OBP of over .400 during that time. Making his daddy proud!
Andrew Benintendi – Someone go tell prospect Hey-zeus that my homer bias thinks Benintendi is a glorified Brett Gardner. Just 10 years younger. Youth wins, but counting stats don’t always lie. And no I don’t think BG is better then AB, just go look at stats and next year when they are 100 picks apart you can go hmmmm.
Scott Alexander – Herrera is scheduled to miss a few days with injury woes, and Maurer looks like a misplaced Father searching for saves. Has the goods for a off chance save for Herrera.
Blake Parker – Took Scioscia’s daughter out for chicken and waffles and looks to be the guy until he isn’t.
Mark Melancon – Has an arm disorder that sounds like something he got at a Renaissance festival. More of a future good to know for draft time next year, but going to need surgery in the off season and cross his fingers going into next year.