Collette Calls: Taking Stock of Steals
Collette Calls: Taking Stock of Steals

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

A look at the stolen base leaderboard has most of the names we expected. It also contains some surprising names:

Dee Gordon - 14
Ender Inciarte - 13
Trea Turner - 12
Michael Taylor - 10
Tim Anderson - 10
A.J. Pollock - 8
Lorenzo Cain - 8
Starling Marte - 8
Mallex Smith - 8

It also is missing some names from 2017's final leaderboard such as Billy Hamilton, Whit Merrifield, Jose Altuve, Byron Buxton, Elvis Andrus, Mookie Betts, Jose Reyes, Brett Gardner, Jose Peraza, Andrew Benintendi, Jean Segura and Wil Myers. Each of those stole at least 20 bases last year, so it would behoove us to check into how those players are doing this season while also looking into how some of the new names are popping up this year. Injuries are certainly playing a part for some of those missing names, while others are a bit more frustrating because they are playing but not running as they did in 2017.

There are multiple factors that go into whether a player will run. In no particular order, they include:

Managerial influence
Score of the game
Hidden injury
The situation on the basepaths
Batter at the plate
The pop time of the catcher behind the plate
The move of the pitcher on the mound
How quick the pitcher gets the

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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