Despite setting a career high in plate appearances and on-base percentage, Jarrod Dyson's stolen base total didn't increase proportionately. Sometimes we forget steals are as much about opportunity and game situation as they are about raw speed. To wit, Dyson ran only 41 percent of the time as compared to 57 percent combined from 2013-2015. In addition, his still impressive 81 percent success rate nonetheless dropped from the 86 percent mark displayed the previous four campaigns. The bottom line is Dyson has been an elite contributor in the category, albeit in a limited role which isn't guaranteed to grow exponentially following a January trade to Seattle. As such, with extremely detrimental totals in homers and RBI, Dyson is best suited in formats with daily or twice-weekly moves to maximize his speed impact in favorable scenarios or as dictated by your team's needs.
Dyson went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Athletics. Dyson tacked on an extra run to pad Seattle's lead in the second, then did his best to help the team come back with a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The 32-year-old speedster started off the year terribly cold at the plate, but he's been heating up as of late, batting .333 and swiping two bags in the past week.
Dyson went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, walk and two runs in Monday's 6-1 win over the Marlins. Dyson brought in Leonys Martin with a fourth-inning double on a Tom Koehler pitch he impressively fought off to the opposite field, only his third RBI of the season. The veteran outfielder has started to show some signs of life at the plate recently, with four hits in the 10 at-bats encompassing his last four games. He's already contributed four stolen bases on the season as well, but his .300 OBP will need a considerable boost for Dyson to continue warranting a spot at or near the top of the order.
Dyson is playing left field and batting leadoff Monday against the Marlins, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. After sitting out Sunday against a lefty, Dyson is back at the top of the order for the Mariners as they face right-handed hurler Tom Koehler. Dyson offers impressive speed as the leadoff man (4-for-4 in steals), but he'll need to improve his on-base percentage (.283) if he wants to remain at the top of the lineup.
Dyson is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Mariners manager Scott Servais will get an extra right-handed bat in the lineup with lefty Cole Hamels on the hill for the Rangers, so Dyson will give way in left field to Guillermo Heredia, who moves up to the top spot in the order. Dyson has been able to provide the Mariners with an infusion of speed with a 3-for-3 mark on stolen-base attempts, but he'll need to show more improvement from his .267 on-base percentage in order to become a permanent fixture at the top of the lineup.
Dyson went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Rangers. The speedy veteran came home on Mitch Haniger's controversial hit in the seventh, one that was initially ruled a three-run home run before being overturned on review. Dyson also swiped his third bag of the season, and despite the fact his average sits at .194, he's now hit safely in three of the last four games.