Experiments are fun. When I was a youth, we used to play a game called killer UNO. Basically, the gist of the game was don’t get caught with the most cards. Similar to regular ole UNO, but this is where the killer part came in. The loser had to drink a concoction of any four things mixed together from the kitchen. So while you are trying to think of actually how gross that is and the possibilities, let’s look at the strange thing about four things soon to be in Milwaukee… (Including prized prospect Lewis Brinson or soon to be lack there of.) The way he is playing and the imminent return of Ryan Braun from the DL spells one thing: Minor leagues. He is being outplayed by Keon and even twice on Sunday. Subtle Domingo joke folks. So with Braun coming back, the regular a bats are not going to be there. Brinson definitely has the goods, it just isn’t his time. He came up with some SAGNOF promise and basically gave us, to date, 3-for-21, .143 batting average, and one whole counting stat. A steal for all the kids at home screaming it. Cut bait and go in another direction. I get that he has sexy name appeal and can juggle, but in redraft leagues, move elsewhere and see what’s what in a month or two with the Brewers roster and pennant push. In September, he could be a sneaky Dave Roberts type of late game entry with some steal capability. So I bid you fair the well Sir Lewis of Brinson of the Colorado Silver Sox clan. Carry on SAGNOF surfers, let’s see what else is hopping on the good foot to do the bad thing in the thievery department. As always I like to include a chart of some sort, makes it all pretty like…
Picking on Catchers is never a bad approach to anything, and for streaming, here are the catchers who give up the most steals against. Pitchers aide to the numbers, but we know who really is to blame.
Billy Hamilton – Hey William, thanks for keeping up your pace from a month ago. One whole steal in his last 15 games played. And an OBP of .260 in June is not helping. I am not saying to sell, but I would reallocate my steals portfolio elsewhere if at all possible before someone realizes he has 1 steal in 15 games!
Trea Turner – Has taken over the Billy H role of accumulation. Twelve in his last 15 games and on pace for 55-plus.
Andrelton Simmons – I previously covered Maybin and E.Y.. So now they are the Thieving Trio of Angels. 22 steals for the tres amigos that all are owned in less then 60% of RCL leagues. Red moon at night thief’s delight.
Bradley Zimmer – With the Brantley ankle injury, Zimmer is definitely going to be in the lineup everyday. He has 20 steal capability for the year, but sexy B-Rad has 3 over the past fortnight without getting everyday looks. Side tidbit his favorite color is periwinkle.
Jonathan Villar – See if someone is getting impatient, he is starting rehab soon and we expect him to latch on to the methadone quickly.
Eduardo Escobar – The inside and outside eligibility helps. OKAY, I lied… the hitting over .500 in the past 10 games helps a lot more. He Isn’t going to run away with the steals category by himself, but at what point are the Twins going to be taken sorta serious?
Sean Doolittle – Could be in line for extra save looks, not because Casilla got pegged by a line drive, it’s because he is pitching effectively and dominating the strike zone like he was two years ago. 18/1 K/BB rate and a few saves already under his name. Who gets sold faster Casilla, madson, Axford or Doolittle? Doolittle signed a sneaky contract that keeps him in Oakland until 2020.