The Royals are fun, no gimmick team to watch. They aren’t really mashers, and they aren’t really a base-to-base team. They are a cross of both, and masters of none kinda thing. With the recent injury to Cain, who has been nursing a wrist injury, Jarrod Dyson has found himself a regular seat at the big boy table. He always had the ability to steal bases, and by what we are witnessing as of late, it is that if given the opportunity for regular at-bats those SB numbers could blossom into something actually useful. Over the last 30 days, he has more at-bats than any other 30-day span this year and the SB tally is a complete reflection of it. He had 13 steals in the first half in 172 plate appearances, and in the second half, with more starts, he has 12 in 95, The falloff in production, who could expect a lot from Paulo Orlando and the injury to Cain, seem to have cemented him in the top of the lineup for at least the next few games. If nothing else, he is a pinch-run threat and with 25 total steals to date, could be an asset for a spot play down the stretch as we should be maximizing every angle or roster spot possible. Available in 94% of RCL leagues and currently not just rewarding with steals, as he has 4 runs and 3 RBI’s over his last seven. Not a true one-trick pony, sorta like the Royals. Let’s see what else is on the get down with the Saves/Steals Ain’t Got No Face department…
Noah Syndergaard – Technically not a base stealer, but more like a base stealing allower. His 45 stolen bases allowed this season is the most since 2001 when Hideo Nomo allowed 52. With at least five more starts under his belt, the Nomo mark may be in reach, but the all-time mark of 60 by Dwight Gooden seems safe. The Mets as a team have the MLB lead with 118, but when one guy has 40% of them and only 15% of the total innings, it is an obvious problem. For streaming purposes, this is a great place to start as he gets the go-go Reds on Wednesday. Cough Jose Peraza cough.
Billy Burns – He was spotted doing his best Herb Washington this week. Two games, no at-bats, 2 steals. Have a week Billy boy.
Raimel Tapia – The uber-spec is getting some good looks in a good run producing lineup. His 23 steals in the minors is decent, but his caught stealing shows that he likes to run. He should play four out of every five games in the Rock pile, as they see what a huge disaster having Gerardo Parra on their team was. Name for now and definitely a name for next year at draft time.
Ian Desmond – The 20/20 watch which I touched on in a previous post is up to six currently with Bryce Harper one steal away for the 7th. Still not what it used to be from a power/speed thing, but not atrocious. Every member of it will be off the board next year before pick 60 next year, or at least they should.
Andrew Bailey – He got the first save in the new era of Angels bullpen developments. Shoemaker took one to the gourd and the bullpen was used a ton. I don’t know if this was a Daniel Day Lewis Last of the Mohicans type save or something to watch for. Regardless he needs to be scooped up like raisins in bran flakes for save chasers.