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As I have gone over in the preseason, streaming against a starting pitcher is sometimes a good approach.  The problem is that sometimes the blame isn’t completely on the pitcher.  This isn’t Looney Tunes and Bugs Bunny isn’t playing all nine positions versus the Gas House Gorillas.  So obviously I am referring to the catcher in this scenario.  Streaming against a pitcher is all well and good, the bad is that they only pitch once every five days and while it’s fun to rosterbate the high hell out of it, why not take advantage of a starting catcher who usually gets five starts a week?  Seems like genius and a better way to try and capitalize on a three game set versus a weak catcher oriented team at gunning down baserunners. So the handy chart below gives us an early glimpse of who we should be taking advantage of with our waiver additions in the steals category.  Stay after the chart, because I drop some tidbits of grandeur.

  • Charts are fun, but sometime there are outliers for quantity versus effectiveness.  Defensive-minded catchers like Yadier Molina aren’t good options.  So don’t take quantity as a ooh type factor.
  • Not listed in the chart, because he is more the second catcher, but Evan Gattis is being taken advantage of when he is behind the dish.  He has caught 52 innings this year and yielded 8 stolen bases to none caught.  Exploit.
  • Francisco Cervelli makes Gattis look like Johnny Bench.  Giving up 18 steals on the year and the Pirates as a team have three pitchers in the top 10 of SB’s allowed against.

And now on to the guys that who make the base-paths more fun because we aren’t drafting catchers for their caught stealing prowess…

Leonys Martin – Yikes.  His production line right now is .111/.172/.130.  Steals are sitting at 4, so basically all four times he has been on base he steals something.  Just awful.

Anthony Rizzo – Not really a waiver wire option but worth noting that he has 3 steals as does Kris Bryant.  The rest of the Cubs as a team have 5.  Rizzo career high is 17 a few years back, and it is making his late first round ADP look more Goldschmidt’y.

Aaron Altherr – I kinda wish he gets regular at bats, because I think he has some tools that could be a regular SAGNOF type entity.  I crossed the last 8 toes I have left hoping so if you wanna do it to fine, or just go donate to my go fund me page for getting two additional toes.

Brett Gardner – Stat line is still empty with zero dongs and zero steaks.  OBP is there as are the steals.  So basically he is a dating site void of dongs and food.

Brandon Phillips – Dat dude is back to sorta being that dude.  I am way not cool enough to talk slangs and colloquialisms. If he can stay in the two hole for a good part of the year he will gain maximum value with Kemp and Freeman behind.  Owned in about 50% of leagues for RCl’s  you need a MI, go look and give it a try.

   
  1. I think JB was right last year – there is a shift from SAGNOFF (talking steals not saves) to PAGNOFF. Lots of power on the wire, but gone are the days of Rajai Davis, Travis Jankowski, and the like just waiting to help your team.

    • Smokey

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      @Hugman: cheers for JB

      • Hugman says:
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        @Smokey: I did grab Hernan Perez yesterday. But he’s hitting like a power hitter, too.

  2. Ghostface says:
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    Not a steals question but I’ve been holding Carter Capps in my Saves / Holds and K/9 league with guys like Knebel, Glover, Clippard on the wire. Any reason to make a move or see what Capps has to offer?

    • Smokey

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      @Ghostface: If you feel the DL crush then it makes sense, otherwise wait it out

  3. Jerky McJerkoff says:
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    I probably wouldn’t pick up Leonys cuz you know he hasn’t been on the roster of a major league baseball team for the last 48 hours and probably won’t be in the majors again for a while.

    • Smokey

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      @Jerky McJerkoff: what from that write up was a sa to add him. He is complete trash

  4. ryanoger says:
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    Glad to see ya back in the saddle Smokey!

    • Smokey

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      @ryanoger: Thanks Ry

  5. Rob c says:
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    Hey smokey closer question

    6×6 head to head only allowed 3 closers
    I ha e Diaz feliz and kintzler

    With all this talk of Diaz being used all over I’m debating dropping him for glover I need the saves holds mean shit in my league. What do you think hold on Diaz or welcome glover to the team?

    • Smokey

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      @Rob c: I think the Diaz stuff is the whole he is the best arm in the pen let’s get him more work type fodder. Diaz is still the guy

  6. Rob c says:
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    Hey smokey

    Closer dilemma my league only allows 3 per team I hCe Diaz kintzler and feliz

    Obviously I haven’t been getting much out of Diaz and with his role changing wondered if you agree with me dropping him for glover

    • Rob c says:
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      @Rob c:
      Sorry about the two questions the first one did not show till this morning

  7. Five-On-One says:
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    Seen a couple of comments about Diaz’s role changing. Is that so? Who is THE CLOSER to own in SEA?

    • Smokey

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      @Five-On-One: Diaz, Servais just wants his best reliever to get more work

  8. Matthew Baumer says:
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    Gattis was great last year at throwing guys out, as was Welington. How strange

    • Smokey

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      @Matthew Baumer: Yea, it’s not always the catcher but with limited starts and the rates that he is giving them up its hard to ignore

  9. DISRESPECT says:
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    Would you trade Nomar Mazara and Alex Verdugo for his Michael Brantley (or Hunter Renfroe), Yadier Alvarez, Jorge Mateo, and Koda Glover in a dynasty league?

    • Smokey

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      @DISRESPECT: Id want the Mazara side, Verdugo is the goods

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