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The second month into the MLB season is upon us, and if you are in need of speed, you came to the right place!

For this and maybe the next streaming speed articles I am trying a new approach for my player choices. We are adding a new variable, which is the SB% from Baseball-Reference.

We are not just looking at speedsters anymore, we are looking at the best teams to run against this season. That way we can spot the teams with the best running matchups.

So buckle up, hopefully this new approach can help you!

New York Yankees

The Yankees have four matchups in the upcoming two weeks, (vs TOR, @CHW, @BAL, vs CHW) three of these series are against teams with an SB% above 85% – league average is 73% according to Baseball-Reference. With seven of these games against the White Sox, the Yankees could provide plenty of speed value.

Here are the players to watch and their notes.

  • Tim Locastro (0% rostered)
    • 4 SB in 15 PA
  • Aaron Hicks (6% rostered)
    • Projected for 8 SB
    • .400 OBP over 75 PA
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa (26% rostered)
    • Everyday shortstop
    • Getting on base at a .346 OBP

Oakland Athletics

Facing the Tigers (five) Angels (seven), and the Twins (three), the Oakland Athletics have a good squad to stream.

All of their opponents have an SB% greater than 80%, with Angels and Twins above 85%.

Check out some of the guys who could help you for the next couple of weeks.

  • Elvis Andrus (3% rostered)
    • Everyday SS
    • Projected for 10 SB
  • Tony Kemp (4% rostered)
    • Leadoff hitter
    • .300-plus OBP
    • Projected for 8 SB
  • Sheldon Neuse (42% rostered)
    • OBP close to .400
    • Everyday player
    • 3 SB with 0 CS

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels do not have the easiest of the matchups the next couple of weeks, facing the Rays (three), Athletics (seven), and Rangers (three), but they have something else going for them. According to Baseball-Reference, they have the most stolen base attempts, with 25 at time of writing. This means they will run. Apparently, they do have the green light, even with a 63% success rate.

Facing the Rays and Rangers the runners should be fine, but against the Athletics, they can be slowed down since runners have just a 42% success rate when trying to steal.

At the end of the day, it is a gamble, but if you can, try to place your bets on some of these guys.

  • David Fletcher (11% rostered)
    • Good batting average
    • Everyday player
  • Andrew Velazquez (0% rostered)
    • Great sprint speed
    • Good defense may provide some PT
  • Brandon Marsh (50% rostered)
    • 3 SB in 5 attempts this season
    • Around .330 OBP
    • Great sprint speed
  • Tyler Wade (6% rostered)
    • Great sprint speed
    • 3 SB in 5 attempts this season
    • Can get some pinch-runner opportunities

Notable Mentions

As always, here are the notable mentions for the next couple of weeks, with the good matchups and their SB%.

  • Taylor Walls (3% rostered)
    • 4 SB in 5 attempts
    • .381 OBP and 15.9 BB%
    • Plays the Angels (85%), Blue Jays (87%), and Tigers (81%)
  • Jorge Mateo (26% rostered)
    • 7 SB in 8 attempts
    • Everyday player
    • Plays the Tigers (81%), and Rays (93%)
  • Harrison Bader (28% rostered)
    • 6 SB and 0 CS on the season
    • Everyday player
    • Plays the Giants (82%), and Mets (79%)

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