You know what Tuesday’s are good for… SAGNOF. And remembering to put your recycling out. Funny enough, I am correlating the two this week. Co-mingling, if you may. This week, I wanna bring something old, something not so new, and he wears blue… pajamas. (Because p-jays make the man.) Let’s look at some old SAGNOF gold and the familiar name that is Eric Young Jr.. Hell, this is SAGNOF, it ain’t a beauty contest… it’s not even that B.S. 15-buck prize from Monopoly when you land on the community chest. Why I like E.Y. Jr. is multi-faceted; First, he is on a team where he doesn’t have to throw base-running as a caution to the wind. The Angels are second behind only the Reds’ legs in steals, and with an 80% success rate, they prolly won’t be choosing another tact to manufacture runs while Trout is mending his fin. He isn’t sexy, and he has a track record of being a good for a few games then falling off a plateau, but since receiving regular at-bats, it is in the same breath as Trout going down. He has an OBP of over .410, and if you think it’s kind of a fluke, check his minor league stats prior to call-up. His OPS was at .950 in 44 games at Triple A with 15 steals. The days of stealing 50-plus bases ala 2013 are long gone, but if you need to find a place for a steal here or there, check the Angels ownership and steals totals. Maybin, Simmons et al. So with that, let’ see what else is shaking in the 90-feet of thievery department. Chart added for flavor. Cheers!
Trea Turner – Back in the saddle and on pace for a 15/50 season. So that’s why we used a first round pick on him in some cases. Ten steals in his last 15 games makes rainbows remind me of my good friend Roy G. Biv. Call me crazy, but is Eduardo Nunez basically the same player?
Mallex Smith – Sounds like a minion of Nicolas cage in Face/Off. Pollux, Castor, and Mallex all walk into a bar… and scene. Kiermaier is not miraculously going to be hip to play, so Mallex is the Ray of larceny for now.
Lewis Brinson – Blah, Blah. Check Grey’s lead from yesterday. It references Trading Places and I think the cheat code for Contra. Muddled outfield makes me go hmmm.
Adam Engel – Can they just give him a shot at regular at-bats? What do they have to lose? More games?
Koda Glover – And the carousel in Washington goes round and round. Albers looks to be the reliever of note, but this seems like a episode of Groundhog’s Day. Wash, rinse, Dusty.
Michael Lorenzen – Raisel doesn’t go on back-to-backs, if you need to shovel the elephant poop of chasing saves look at Mikey.