Last week we touched on the Mariners and the propensity for steals in a post-suspension world. Since then, the navigators of the sea have acquired Denard and Colome, making more SAGNOF situations. The scorching hot filterless hitter I wanna concentrate your gaze on this week is from the same team with ample speed to be used. That hitter is Ben Gamel. The addition of Span to the outfield mix is a bit of a head scratcher fantasy-wise, because someone has to sit and three outfielders have to play. Gamel over the last 7 games is going streaking across the quad and down the street to On Base Percentage-ville. His batting average alone is a nice coup for a short term pick-up. Hitting .381 and an OBP of .458 is a nice end of the OF problem to have. He is getting his fair share of AB’s and is putting his on base skills to good work too, stealing 3 bases in the past week. That may seem like small potatoes, but in the world of steals that is a lot by its own standards. So if you are surfing the waiver wire looking for outfielders with small potatoes to offer, take a long hard look at the Marines outfielder. On to better and pressing news in SAGNOF-dom, we got charts and snippets of joy for this Memorial Day. Cheers!
|Team||SB’s Against||Week’s opponents (Team Steals)|
|Mets||45||@ Atl(37), vs. CHC (18)|
|Blue Jays||40||@Bos (35), @Det (24)|
|A’s||39||vs. TB (31), @KC (25)|
|Orioles||36||vs. Was (37), vs. NYY (22)|
|Giants||36||@Col (33), vs Phi (23)|
|White Sox||35||@Cle (27), vs. Mil (36)|
|Padres||31||vs. Mia (11), vs. Cin (24)|
|Tigers||29||vs. LAA (31), vs. Tor (21)|
|Dodgers||29||vs. Phi (23), @Col (33)|
|Rangers||29||@Sea (39), @LAA (31)|
Trea Turner – Washington as a whole is not stealing bases lately, and TT is no different as he has a whole 2 steals in the month of May. Not encouraging, since that’s the same Hosmer, Schwarber and Daniel Palka. Steals are a precarious beast… it lures you in with chocolates and counting stats, then leaves you for your best friends sister in the peace corps.
Jose Altuve – He is who we thought he was. Shame on the few people who said he was bad. Thee steals and his BA is spooktacular in a Haloween-y type .330 way.
Brandon Nimmo – Finding Captain would have been m alteio title this week, but since I am Smokey the cigarette pun worked better. Nimmo shows glimpses and then the Mets become irrelevant for a month. Two steals and a nea .4 OBP in last 14 days will help for the here and now though.
Felipe Vazquez – Forearm discomfort is never good. Hell two-arm discomfort sounds awful too and it’s only half the arms. Richard Rodriguez, Michael Feliz and Edgar Santana ae all the adds until we find out more details.