Fantasy baseball category killers: steals

Fantasy baseball category killers: steals

Lorenzo Cain, Royals: He's finally returned from his lengthly disabled list trip, but also has the threat of Jarrod Dyson and a looming Wil Myers to worry about. Cain was inserted into the cleanup spot Sunday, which is comical, and shouldn't be anything we see with regularity. Cain has 30-steal speed, so let's set the half season total at 12-15, given regular playing time.
Jose Altuve, Astros: He's still one of the more unheralded players in the majors, and hopefully his All-Star berth this year will begin to change that. As an opportunistic fantasy gamer though, this is your time to capitalize. Altuve has 15 steals on the season, and looks good for 25-30 at his current pace. He'll provide modest power and a strong batting average too, making him a nice little package, pun unintended.
Ben Revere, Twins: The Twins have a bunch of rabbits on their roster, and we're back to Revere this week, who has been highly effective by stealing eight bases during the past month. You'll get a strong batting average, but zero power as he's now gone 701 at-bats without a home run. As long as he's killing the steals category though, you should be pleased.
Alexei Ramirez, White Sox: After only tallying one steal in April, Ramirez has stolen 10 bases since and appears to be closing in on the 20-steal plateau for the first time in his career. He's been one of the better middle infield plays over the past month (.393, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 17 R, 3 SB). And at only 66 ownership in the Yahoo! Game, he could be available on your league waiver wire.
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: This seems crazy, but A-Rod is running more this year than he has since '09, when he stole 14 bases. The power hasn't completely evaporated either, and you're sure to get strong run production from him being in a potent Yankees lineup. He currently has 10 steals on the year, and should approach 18-20 if this pace continues.

Nemanja Nikolic channels his inner MJ in jersey number

Nemanja Nikolic channels his inner MJ in jersey number

Jersey numbers can be a big deal in soccer. Who is the team's No. 10? Who is the No. 9?

Nemanja Nikolic, a forward who joined the Chicago Fire this offseason as a Designated Player, didn't have the choice of either number that is famously associated with marquee attacking players because both were taken by returning players on the Fire. Instead, he landed on a number more famous in Chicago sports than in soccer.

Nikolic will be wearing 23.

The Fire announced the jersey numbers for the 2017 season with Nikolic's 23 a part of the list. Every returning player kept the same number as last season.

It goes without saying that wearing the No. 23 in Chicago comes with an extra bit of notoriety. Ever since Michael Jordan donned the No. 23 for the Chicago Bulls, it has been a common sight to find the best player on a Chicagoland high school basketball team wearing No. 23. That doesn't translate to the world of soccer, but in Chicago fans will notice.

A spokesman for the club said the number was more coincidence than intentional MJ reference, but if Nikolic has a good season don't be surprised to see signs at Toyota Park referencing Nikolic's jersey number.

In the preseason some of the players have been wearing different jersey numbers from what they will in the regular season. Nikolic has been wearing No. 9 in preseason matches.

Here is a list of the other newcomers and the numbers they will be wearing:

Jorge Bava: 1

Dax McCarty: 6

Djordje Mihailovic: 14

Juninho: 19

Daniel Johnson: 20

Stefan Cleveland: 30

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will there be any takers for Bears QB Jay Cutler?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will there be any takers for Bears QB Jay Cutler?

In the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly) and Brian Hedger (NHL.com) join Kap on the panel.

ESPN is reporting that the Bears have begun shopping Jay Cutler. Will there be any takers? 

Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler doesn’t think he’s going anywhere. Would that be a mistake?

Miguel Montero makes his peace with Joe Maddon but was this even a big deal? Sammy Sosa says he put Chicago on the map, and compares himself to Jesus. When he will the Cubs welcome him home?

Plus, Pat Boyle drops by to talk Blackhawks and the “Roly Poly Goalie” is looking for work all because he ate a pie.

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