Maybe it’s the weather. Summer’s heat is starting to break, after all. A handful of teams have been running like gangbusters lately. The Royals are one such team. They’ve taken advantage of weak pitcher/catcher combos. That’s likely to continue as teams look to squeeze a few more wins from the 2018 season. Here are some teams that are in good position to continue that trend.

  • Those running Royals are at it again. The top two base stealers the last week were Whit Merrifield and Adalberto Mondesi. You could take a stab at Alex Gordon for some steals.
  • Rumors of Shohei Ohtani’s speed from his time in Japan were hard to believe. It’s been legit. The A’s and Astros also make for a plus schedule. It’s a good thing you don’t need a functional UCL to steal bases.
  • The Rays have a pretty cushy week steals-wise, facing the Rangers and Blue Jays. Joey Wendle is probably the most actionable Ray. Wendle hasn’t been running much lately, but he had five steals in August.
  • Trea Turner and the Nats have a four game series on tap with the Mets this week. Turner will certainly get his. Adam Eaton could also make for an interesting play if he happens to be on your league’s wire.
  • Saves chase: with Trevor Hildenberger having a hard time holding onto leads this weekend Taylor Rogers figures to see some extra saves opportunities. Rogers is a lefty, so Trevor May is worth a speculative add in the event the Twins give up on Hildy.

Below is a table of the top ten catchers to run on…

Name Team SB CS
Jonathan Lucroy OAK 65 28
Omar Narvaez CHW 62 19
Russell Martin TOR 58 16
Jorge Alfaro PHI 56 20
Robinson Chirinos TEX 50 6
Tucker Barnhart CIN 50 17
Mitch Garver MIN 49 11
Kurt Suzuki ATL 48 8
Yasmani Grandal LAD 48 17
Willson Contreras CHC 48 25
Kevin Plawecki NYM 47 10

 

  1. Dr Easy says:
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    Russell Martin hasn’t been catching much lately, but it seems teams have still been trying to steal against the Jays all the same.

    What’s going on with Dee Gordon? Is it worth holding on to him for SAGNOF purposes?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @Dr Easy: Teams with bad reps are a self fulfilling property, in part.

      RE Gordon: It’s as though his performance is missing enhancement, i.e. he’s worn down at this point and cant afford to get popped for roids again. I’d still roster him for SBs unless you have a better option.

      • Roto-Wan

        Roto-Wan says:
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        @Roto-Wan: what rank are you in steals? Five could be a lot of ground to cover.

  2. Steve says:
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    Do you have more faith in Taylor Rogers, Tommy Hunter or Jesse Chavez to get saves this week?

    Could you please rank them? Need saves and ratios.

    Thanks

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @Steve: I’d rank Rogers far over Hunter, then Chavez. He should get the 9th when the matchups are OK, I figure.

  3. Roto-Wan

    Roto-Wan says:
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    I’d rank Rogers far over Hunter, then Chavez. He should get the 9th when the matchups are OK, I figure.

  4. iKon

    iKon says:
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    I’m staring at Wily Peralta on the FA listing fearing a blow-up. Worth the risk?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      @iKon: Who would you drop?

      • iKon

        iKon says:
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        @Roto-Wan: Seranthony Dominguez or Blake Parker (Holds are a stat but less points than Saves).

  5. Johnny Five says:
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    Down by about five steals and could really, really use that point. Any thoughts on the weird idea of using Terrance Gore in a UTIL spot if I’m trying to catch lightning in a bottle? Also have Jean Segura and Dee Gordon but both have been awful lately.

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