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When Josh Rutledge was optioned to Triple A, I got burned. Whether he can figure it out and make his way back up to the majors remains to be seen, but what made things worse was that the guy replacing him had one of those names I had never heard of nor knew how to pronounce. DJ LeMahieu sounds like he should be a forward for the Canucks, but he is  now the Rockies’ starting second basemen. Despite an underwhelming .267 average and only 3 runs scored, he’s got a pair of steals in the last seven days and has found his way onto my radar.  LeMahieu never hit below .300 in the minors and had stolen 8 bags in 33 games prior to his call-up this year. I don’t think he’s an add in 12 team mixed leagues or shallower, but in deep leagues and obviously NL-only leagues he has value. He’s got a tough match-up against Cincy to start the week, but then he gets to face the Padres for a four-game set. It will be interesting to see if he can net a steal or two against San Diego, one of the top ten teams in stolen bases allowed.

Green Lights

Players listed are available in at least 50% of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues. Stats from Sunday’s games are not included.

Leonys Martin – Martin continued his hot streak on the base paths, with 2 more steals Friday and Saturday. He now has 8 on the season and has quickly caught up to players like Will Venable in the stolen base department. He’s still owned in less than 20% of ESPN leagues despite hitting  over .300 with 5 steals in the past two weeks. Playing time doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue anymore, as Craig Gentry sees more and more time on the bench in favor of the hot-hitting Martin. Martin will get a series against the Red Sox in the coming week, who have allowed the third most stolen bases in all of baseball. We saw Revere have success against Boston last week, and I would expect the same success from Martin.

Ben Revere  - Another one of last week’s green lights that worked out, Revere swiped a pair of bags against Boston despite getting banged up from crashing into the outfield wall. Revere is hitting .296 over the last week and, like Martin, is getting more and more starts from Cholly Manuel after going through a bit of a rough patch. He won’t provide much besides steals, but that’s what we’re here for. His match-ups this week against the Marlins and Brewers are neutral, but he is still available (40% owned) if you need to slide some steals help into the back of your outfield.

Elliot Johnson – Another guy with two steals this past week and now 8 on the season is Elliot Johnson. He is taking more and more starts away from Chris Getz at second base for the Royals, but it’s hard to say who’ll start when and where since Getz is a lefty and Johnson is a switch hitter. We’re kind of at the whim of Yost with this one, which is never good. What’s interesting is that if you platoon Getz and Johnson, you actually end up with a really speedy player. Between the two of them, they had 4 steals last week alone, or as much as one Jose Altuve. We could start calling this platoon mutant Chrelliot Jetzon.

23 Responses

  1. Curious D says:
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    Thoughts on who gets bumped from Braves rotation when Beachy comes back?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Curious D: great question, Curious D! I’m not sure I have the answer, but as a Teheran owner I am bracing myself despite how well he has pitched recently…it will be really interesting to see what they do with that rotation

  2. shibboleth says:
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    FWIW Rutledge since the demotion: 40-odd PA and his BB% and K% are trending a smidge in the wrong direction, but his triple slash and ISO are all trending upwards. Next to no activity on the basepaths. Hope he gets his swing ironed out soon, I had him pegged as a decent keeper!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @shibboleth: Thanks shibboleth…good to hear that there are at least some improvements happening there…

  3. Juice_0321 says:
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    9 moves left in the season and pitching is starved in my 10 team H2H. I am currently in 5th place and rapidly falling. Guthrie, Miley and Kluber are all on the wire right now which is somewhat of an anomaly in this league. Thoughts on adding one or two?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Juice_0321: thanks, Juice…I think Kluber is your best bet actually, a buddy of mine did a piece about Guthrie’s strand rate being well above his norms and Kluber’s shelling by the Tigers kind of masking how good he has really been…Kluber could be a steal this year…

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Juice_0321: I have a 10-teamer with similar move restrictions. No way I’d use one of 9 remaining moves on arms of that caliber.

  4. KCC26 says:
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    speaking of rutledge, i totally drafted him as my 2b, only left scrambling to fill that position following his demotion. I’ve been cycling between neil walker and daniel murphy.

    Would you trade Cuddyer for Brandon Phillips?

    We play 4 outfielders and my OF is currently some rotation of Kemp, McCutchen, Cuddyer, BJ Upton (bought low on), matt joyce and leonys martin–with corey hart stashed.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @KCC26: Thanks KCC26…Yes, I would definitely make that trade. Phillips will give you consistent numbers from middle infield ROS and you’ve got some outfield depth.

  5. connor says:
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    drop uggla for beckham?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @connor: Thanks, connor…I wouldn’t. Uggla has significantly more power and better RBI opportunities, even if he may hit about 20-30 pts lower in BA ROS.

  6. Jay says:
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    Joyce or Yelich
    Moore/Wacha or Felix
    If i trade Moore and Wacha for Felix i can just add Yelich
    or do I drop Kennedy for Yelich? Kennedy was a spot start and my rotation isn’t hurting. Have Verlander, Stras, Moore, Hamels, Minor, Bailey, Wacha and Kennedy.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Jay: Thanks Jay…I really like the idea of trading the two arms for Felix and just adding Yelich…

      • Jay says:
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        @Mike: thanks for responding. this league is a keeper league where we keep 5. currently keeping Braun, Longo, Votto, Verlander, and Stras. Trading for Felix gives me a little problem…I would have too many keepers. I also have heyward who may not being performing at a keeper pace but can still tuen it around and create more of an issue.

        I like Moore as keeper and was entertaining keeping him over Verlander, PERHAPS. I just wnat to make sure I make the right move. thoughts?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Jay: I tend to lean towards the bats, so if it were me I’d be looking at keeping one of the two arms and hanging on to Heyward…or keeping Felix and still having two really solid keeper arms for next year…

          • Jay says:
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            @Mike: so of the three SPs Verlander, Stras, and Felilx, which two are the keepers. Heyward would really need to turn it on to overtake one of the arms for me.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              @Jay: Makes sense…he’s been pretty bad…IMO Stras and Felix in a keeper…you’ve got some nice choices there!

  7. Rocky says:
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    Michael Jack,

    Trade question in a highly competitive 10 NL-Only. Targeting a frustrated Heyward owner and trying to maximize Corbin’s value at the same time. I have Gyorko and Prado (also stashing Rutledge) with 2B eligibility and he is currently starting Descalso 2B and praying for a quick Rendon promotion. His strength is his SP with Stras, Wainwright, Ryu, Garza, Lyons and Chacin (with Beckett, Oswalt, Westbrook, and Morton on the bench) currently leading the way. Which of these trade options do you prefer, if any or all.

    Prado or Gyorko/Corbin for Heyward/Ryu or Garza

    Also contemplating throwing Rutledge in the deal for Rendon. Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Rocky: Thanks Rocky, IMO Prado/Corbin for Heyward/Ryu is the one I like best, and I think I’d still rather have Rutledge…

  8. Alex says:
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    Have revere, de aza and aoki to replace BJ, need SP. Trade BJ for Gallardo?

    thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Alex: Thanks Alex, BJ and Gallardo are both struggling, but De Aza and Aoki should be able to fill in and produce for you…Revere is more steals only maybe some runs….Gallardo will at least give you Ks even if his ratios aren’t great and I’m guessing he’s the best option at SP that you can get for BJ

  9. John Mycell says:
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    Keeper League, Matt Harvey would cost me a 10th rounder to keep, Cargo a 1. I am offered Cargo for Harvey. Below is my lineup and starters. Do I need Cargo or is my lineup going to explode?

    C- Vmart
    1b – Puljos
    2b – Kipnis
    3b – Longoria
    OF – Cespedes
    OF – Holiday
    OF – Bruce/Jennings
    Util – Wright

    SP – Darvish, Harvey, Ryu, Medlen, Wacha, (6th spot: Teheran, Straily, Cashner)

    Do I pull the trigger? Should I be worried about my lineup without Cargo. League is kind of pitching heavy (its a 9×9)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @John Mycell: Thanks, John…I would hold onto Cargo

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