For all intents and purposes, Jean Segura was a flopapotamus last year, failing to get to any of the previous year’s stats across the board. That includes the all loving steals category. He has gone from 33 in 2016, to 22 last year, to already having 11 in just over 200 plate appearances, which is a phenomenal pace for anyone that bought into him a his ADP in draft season. Eleven steals already leads to a projection of right around 40, and 40 steals is fantastic, as it has only been eclipsed 10 times in the last few years. Which brings back my old standby statement: that steals are a dying breed except for the select few. I fully expect that the Mariners, who currently sit top-6 in MLB in steals, to keep the running game as a a major cog now that Robbie Cano isn’t around showing his elite speed. With Dee Gordon and Segura, the Mariners have a duo of speed that really is unrivaled by other MLB teams. The past week for Jean has seen his total jump from 5 to 11 steals overall. (Coincidence that Cano isn’t in the lineup that he is taking the base rather than trying to get hit over? I think not.) Nothing about that screams coincidence, it would be more of a coincidence for me to casually run into my ex-girlfriend outside the church on her wedding day. So with a slash line of .414/.419/.655 since the removal of Cano, he looks primed to be an even more of a steal threat moving forward. That is also a nod for Dee because the re-invention of lineup changes is the way a team plays. I read that in a fortune cookie just now. So welcome to SAGNOF day, kinda like Rusev day, but with less Bulgarian influence.
|Team||SB’s Against||Week’s opponents (Team Steals)|
|Mets||39||vs. Mia(9), @Mil (31)|
|A’s||35||vs. Sea (32), vs. Ari (30)|
|Blue Jays||35||vs. LAA(23), @Phi (23)|
|White Sox||31||vs. Bal (15), @Det (22)|
|Padres||31||@Was (36), @LAD (13)|
|Orioles||30||@CHW (35), @TB (28)|
|Giants||29||@Hou (17), @CHC (15)|
|Reds||27||vs. Pit (19), @Col (29)|
|Dodgers||27||vs. Col (29), vs. SD (31)|
|Phillies||26||vs. Atl (35), vs. Tor (21)|
Brandon Crawford – If you know of a hotter hitter besides Mookie or JD, than this guy I would be interested. Not the speed demon, but with the amount of times he has been on base, damn near .600 for last eight games played. He has one swipe and may be buying the gold package of Tinder so he can swipe some more.
Jose Iglesias – Joe Church, no relation to Joe Dirt or Jose Suciedad as he is called on the streets, has three steals in his last seven games and has matched last years total in 310 less plate appearances.
Niko Goodrum – Loving guys with multi-position eligibility that are garnering more playing and like run on sentences who also steal their fair share of bases. Niko is the dude. .364/.44/.727 last 14 games is a more unheralded version of Daniel Descalso.
Travis Jankowski – 5 steals since I wrote about him last week. He shouldn’t be on your waiver wire at this point but go check and come back, I probably won’t wait for you but continue on.
Amir Garrett – Nice scoreless run going and I respect a guy who causes a bench clearing brawl while getting a hold. Finally someone as passionate as me for the freaking stat.
Nate Jones – Missed the save on Sunday to the guy from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Not because he lost the job, but because he pitched previous two days. Fry-guy is a deeper add, but doesn’t offer much as the White Sox still don’t get a ton of saves. Rondon is a better add than Fry.
Seranthony Dominguez – Love the name, love the stats. Heard he has a kitten name Meowanthony. The Phillies still don’t have a lead horse so it’s the slew of names like Hunter, Arano, Neris, Ramos all still factor in as Kapler hates your fantasy team.