You know what Tuesday’s are good for… SAGNOF. Â And remembering to put your recycling out. Â Funny enough, I am correlating the two this week. Â Co-mingling, if you may. Â This week,Â I wanna bring something old, something not so new, and he wears blue… pajamas. Â (Because p-jays make the man.) Â Let’s look at some old SAGNOFÂ gold and the familiar name that is Eric Young Jr.. Â Hell, this is SAGNOF,Â 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. Â Why I like E.Y. Jr. is multi-faceted;Â First, he is on a team where he doesn’t have to throw base-running as a caution to the wind. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â HisÂ OPS was at .950 in 44 games at Triple A with 15 steals. Â 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. Â Maybin, Simmons et al. Â So with that, let’ see what else is shaking in the 90-feet of thievery department. Â Chart added for flavor. Â Cheers!
|Andrew Triggs||15||98||Â .323|
|Tyler Glasnow||Â 13||104||.405|
|Matt Cain||Â 10||128||Â .368|
|Gerrit Cole||10||107||Â .319|
|Jason Hammel||10||108||Â .341|
|Mike PelfreyÂ||Â 10||69||.301|
|Â Mike Fiers||9||90||.330|
|Scott Feldman||8||103||Â .332|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||8||87||Â .349|
|Jimmy Nelson||Â 8||102||Â .314|
Trea Turner – Back in the saddle and on pace for a 15/50 season. Â 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. Â Call me crazy, but is Eduardo Nunez basically the same player?
Mallex Smith – Sounds like a minion of Nicolas cage in Face/Off. Â Pollux, Castor, and Mallex all walk into a bar… and scene. Â Kiermaier is not miraculously going to be hip to play, so Mallex is the Ray of larceny for now.
Lewis Brinson – Blah, Blah. Â Check Grey’s lead from yesterday. Â It references Trading Places and I think the cheat code for Contra. Â Muddled outfield makes me go hmmm.
Ian Desmond – Hey Ian, thanks for those 3 whole steals this past 15 days. Â They make the zero RBI and zero home runs look like a shiny Ferrari. Â The Rockies don’t run because they are to sedimentary.
Adam Engel – Can they just give him a shot at regular at-bats? Â What do they have to lose? Â More games?
Koda Glover – And the carousel in Washington goes round and round. Â Albers looks to be the reliever of note, but this seems like a episode of Groundhog’s Day. Â 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.