Congratulations to Roto-Wan on the birth of his child! Playing a little catch up on the baseball world myself as I was out at a bachelor party all weekend. July is coming to a close, and every week matters as you chase down every point that you can for a title run.

  • He’s not going to be available in your leagues, but Ronald Acuna Jr. is running wild with 8 steals in his last 8 games.
  • Roenis Elias has not had a good July sporting a 15.43 ERA with a 2.14 WHIP for the month. Anthony Bass is worth a pickup if you’re chasing saves. They CAN’T  let Elias take the ball in the 9th again, right?
  • Keep an eye on Oliver Drake in Tampa as another guy that may join the closer rotation for the Rays.
  • Aaron Bummer moving up the pecking order for saves is Colome gets traded for the South side Sox.
  • I can’t tell you which catchers will play when, but some of the teams with the best catcher duos to run against include: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Texas, and San Francisco.
  • If you’re looking at DFS, or just utilizing daily lineups to the fullest, specific catchers to target runners against include: Wilson Ramos, Stephen Vogt, Yasmani Grandal, and Brian McCann.
  • Niko Goodrum (63% ownership on Fantrax) has 3 stolen bases in his last 5 games and quadruple position eligibility.
  • Willy Adames has hit .278 since the break with 1 steal over that time. While his season steals totals aren’t overly impressive, he is top 100 in sprint speed, so, a bump in production in the stolen bases department isn’t out of the question.
  • Could Manuel Margot finally be capitalizing on all that athletic ability? I think it’s possible. At the least, it seems as though he has a role as a platoon bat, but hitting. 385 with 2 stolen bases and a home run since the break, and he’s been hitting out of the 2 spot the last few games.

 

Bottom 20 Catchers in Stolen Bases Allowed By Innings Pitched

# Name Team G Inn SB CS SB-CS SB/Inn
1 Chance Sisco BAL 23 186 20 3 17 10.75%
2 Wilson Ramos NYM 75 609 62 10 52 10.18%
3 Bobby Wilson DET 12 100.2 10 1 9 9.98%
4 Nick Hundley OAK 30 195.1 18 5 13 9.23%
5 Michael Perez TBR 15 112 10 3 7 8.93%
6 Welington Castillo CHW 30 247 22 5 17 8.91%
7 Max Stassi HOU 23 192 17 3 14 8.85%
8 Jeff Mathis TEX 56 445.1 39 4 35 8.76%
9 Tomas Nido NYM 28 222.1 18 2 16 8.10%
10 Jonathan Lucroy LAA 66 533 41 15 26 7.69%
11 Blake Swihart BOS 8 54 4 1 3 7.41%
12 John Hicks DET 44 356 26 13 13 7.30%
13 Willians Astudillo MIN 16 124 9 2 7 7.26%
14 Buster Posey SFG 63 520 37 15 22 7.12%
15 Grayson Greiner DET 43 381.2 27 11 16 7.08%
16 Brian McCann ATL 55 454 32 4 28 7.05%
17 Omar Narvaez SEA 69 568.2 40 9 31 7.04%
18 Josh Phegley OAK 76 587.1 41 18 23 6.98%
19 Curt Casali CIN 51 377.1 25 7 18 6.63%
20 Kurt Suzuki WSN 48 394.2 26 3 23 6.60%

 

Bottom 20 Pitcher in Stolen Bases Allowed By Innings Pitched

# Name Team GS Inn SB SB/Inn
1 Noah Syndergaard NYM 19 119.2 20 16.78%
2 Yu Darvish CHC 20 109 18 16.51%
3 Spencer Turnbull DET 19 98.2 13 13.24%
4 Jacob deGrom NYM 20 122 16 13.11%
5 Jeff Samardzija SFG 20 110.1 11 9.99%
6 Daniel Norris DET 17 100.1 10 9.99%
7 Jake Arrieta PHI 20 118.2 11 9.31%
8 Reynaldo Lopez CHW 20 111 10 9.01%
9 Julio Teheran ATL 21 112.1 10 8.92%
10 Aaron Sanchez TOR 21 102 9 8.82%
11 Sonny Gray CIN 19 103.1 9 8.73%
12 Mike Fiers OAK 21 121 10 8.26%
13 Sandy Alcantara MIA 19 112.1 9 8.03%
14 Jose Berrios MIN 20 127.2 10 7.86%
15 Zach Eflin PHI 19 110 8 7.27%
16 Ivan Nova CHW 20 110.2 8 7.26%
17 Madison Bumgarner SFG 21 125.2 9 7.19%
18 Stephen Strasburg WSN 20 127.2 9 7.08%
19 Brandon Woodruff MIL 19 114.2 8 7.01%
20 Brett Anderson OAK 20 115.1 8 6.95%
  1. Five-on-One says:
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    Could you rank the following for stash-for-saves?

    Bummer, Dyson, Melancon, Strickland, Hudson, Bignani, Kela, Crick, Anderson, Munoz, Stammen, Bass

    Currently rostering Hudson and Dyson (both pitching well with a limited history of closing on teams that might trade their closer), but who knows? Thoughts?

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      Temporarily, I like Bass to get opps with Elias getting blown up constantly, but with Strickland out only a week-ish, it may not be a long run at the role.

      It’s hard to predict trades at the closer position. I think I’m moving away from the Giants as a seller. If the Giants don’t move anyone, it’s still going to be a messy situation as it seems to be a shared gig w/ up to 5 people being part of the mix.

      Hudson is as good a bet as any, so, I’d use the Dyson spot to stream the spot more from these types of guys after a closer has gone back to back or 3/4 days.

  2. Prog Nation says:
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    Good day B_Don, in a holds league, having plenty for saves and will likely be dropping Shawn Kelley of the Rangers due in injury. Who do you favor for holds:

    1) Zach Britton
    2) Will Harris
    3) Adam Cimber
    4) Nick Goody
    5) Scott Barlow
    6) Amir Garrett
    7) Jake Diekman

    Thanks.

  3. B_Don

    B_Don says:
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    Garrett, Goody, and Britton would be my top 3. Garrett and Goody have performed well and get the Ks that are lacking from the rest. Every strikeout counts!

  4. knucks says:
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    Recycling my post from Grey’s article.

    Bummer is my favorite potential closer stash.

    Boston is interested in Giles and Yates according to reports yesterday. If Toronto moves Giles, I would think they move Daniel Hudson too and Biagini gets a shot. If the Padres actually move Yates, which is possible but less likely than Giles being moved, then I would love to see the Padres give Munoz a shot at closing by the end of the year. Could be Stammen getting a shot for a few weeks first though.

    I’m also rostering Joe Jimenez, though he is terrible (though I would look to flip him in a trade if he gets the job).

    Nick Anderson in Miami.

    I added Chris Martin where I could today. Shawn Kelley left the game hurt yesterday (I think?)

    Hunter Strickland should already be rostered everywhere.

    And the Giants have too many bullpen arms to roster them all at once, so I have a few of each here and there… but I’ll rank them Dyson, Watson, Melancon, Moronta. Keeping in mind that both Dyson and Watson could easily be moved out of SF next week too. Melancon has a bloated contract, so I could see them seeing what they can get out of him in August. He’ll blow a few and it could be Moronta after that until the end of sept.

    Also watching the Pittsburg situation. Don’t expect them to move Felipe, but if they do, its prob Kela before Crick. Kela is expected to be activated today.

    I dropped Diego Castillo today in a few leagues. Done trying to figure out the Rays after drafting an Alvarado/Diego tandem across most of my roto leagues. That just didn’t work out.

    • knucks says:
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      Should have added. It could end up being David Phelps instead of Biagini in Toronto, so add him to your watch lists too.

      • B_Don

        B_Don says:
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        So, I just get leftovers from Grey’s posts? Damn… haha

        I like Bummer as well. Could be a shared job with Evan Marshall and Jace Fry. I do wonder with the White Sox going nowhere, if they’d potentially give it to Marshall strictly to avoid the arb case of Bummer or Fry getting saves if Colome gets traded.

        I like Hudson the most in Toronto as well.

        I can’t take the ratio blow ups from Joe Jimenez. A point in saves doesn’t matter if you lose 4 in ERA/WHIP.

        Probably right with Anderson, Tayron has been the closer of the future for it feels like forever as well.

        Also looked to grab LeClerc in Texas, although, I’m with you that I think Martin gets first shot.

        If you have the space and saves are hard to come by in your league, yeah on Hunter Strickland.

        I’d probably go with a different order for the Giants, but who knows… The one contract they’d probably love to move would be Melancon’s $14 mill for next year.

        Felipe has been rumored, but I’m also a bit hesitant to believe they send him anywhere. Hard to say with Kela coming back from injury. The first few outings will be key.

        Rays/Giants are both a mess to figure out.

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