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In roto, you can can’t gain ground in many categories in September, unless you’re already close.  The two categories you can conceivably gain ground in is in steals and saves — SAGNOF!  If you are up in power, or at least far enough that you can’t be caught by the team right behind you, then I’d stack up on guys that could get you some steals.  As for saves, you probably don’t have as many options on waivers.  But there’s a some guys that might get a save or two in the final few weeks, and, well, every save counts.  Anyway, here’s some guys that can provide steals and saves this week in fantasy baseball:

STEALS

Drew Stubbs – He has 5 homers and 3 steals in the majors in two weeks.  He had 3 homers and 46 steals in 5 months in Triple-A.  Maybe he sleeps with a 1996 Brady Anderson card under his pillow.

Michael Brantley -With Sizemore out with elbow surgery he probably could’ve had in May (but then the Indians would’ve lost 95 games instead of 90), Brantley’s seeing time.  He had 46 steals in Triple-A in 51 chances.

Everth Cabrera – EverCab’s linear notes tell us he has 21 steals in 80 games so far.

Angel Pagan – Pagan stole 52 bases one year in the low minors.  So he has the speed (his hitting chops are the issue).

Chris Getz – Four steals in the last six games.  He ain’t glamorous, but Angel Pagan is?

Brett Gardner – Could have some deep Al-Only value for speed.

Eugenio Velez – Velez is one of the few guys that when he’s standing in the batter’s box, you can read everything on the backstop.  This doode needs a serious convo with Davey Lopes.  “Velez, you’re 120 lbs.  How about you run once in a while?  Thank you.”

SAVES

Matt Lindstrom/Kiko Calero – Leo Nunez has looked blechtastic in his last few games.  Lindstrom hasn’t looked much better, but the Marlins need to win the rest of their games so they may try Lindstrom or even Calero.

Phil Hughes – With the Yankees coasting towards the playoffs, Hughes may see some late inning chances as the Yankees try to Dorian Gray Mariano.

Brett Myers – The Phillies may be waiting for Lidge to blow a seven run lead by giving up eight consecutive homers.  I guess what I’m saying is that Myers could be better than Lidge right now, but tell that to the Phils who have trotted Lidge out for the last five months.

Brandon Lyon – Because Fernando Rodney’s been taking anger management classes with Brett Myers.

Chris Perez – I think at some point in the last week or two the Indians will give Perez an opportunity to impress in the ninth.

Kevin Jepsen – File this away with Hughes’s potential saves.  As the Angels lock up the division, they could rest Fuentes.

J.P. Wheelerfourger – The Rays bullpen is in tatters… Shattered.  Key syllable is shat.  Shoot, Price could figure into this closer picture if Howell continues to botch the job. (I love the word botch and I really don’t use it enough.  Maybe that’ll be my 2010 resolution.)

Scott Downs/Jason Frasor – It’s been so long since the Jays got a save, I’m honestly not even sure who their closer is.

Angel Guzman – Really no reason why Marmol loses the job… Right now.  Member he’s been prone to blow-ups in the past.  I kinda just want Guzman to take over so I can hear what song he uses for his entrance music.  Shaggy?  Aerosmith? Real Life?  Whatever it is, it’s sure to be lame.

  1. Colotov Mocktease says:
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    Grey,

    Need to reduce the Guild of Calamitous Relievers by one. Candidates for dismissal are Howell, F. Morales, Lindstrom. Holdovers are Cordero and MacDougal (need four relievers for H2H playoffs, esp. considering the choices).

    My thought is with TB disintegrating, to fold on Howell and hope for the best with Morales/Lindstrom.

    Would add Deadwood to the DVD list….real shame that HBO didn’t move forward with the fourth season.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Colotov Mocktease: Fold Howell. What about Carnivale? How was that? Readying my offseason DVD queue.

  3. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Colotov Mocktease: i thought season 1 of deadwood was great, but then totally went downhill.

    1st episode of season 4 of six feet under is some of the heaviest shit i’ve seen on any tv show or movie.

  4. vinko says:
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    Spot start Torres, or p/u Rowland-Smith instead? K’s and ERA are what I’m looking to improve-thanks.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @vinko: I’d spot in Torres vs. the A’s.

  6. john says:
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    So where does Krispie “Cuz I burned what were gonna be great french fries, but now are just a pile of crap” Young fit into the picture of OF schmos?

  7. Steve says:
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    @Grey: If memory serves, you’re a Beltran owner. Are you throwing him straight back in there? Or will PT be an issue?

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: Not sure what picture you got. There’s a picture of 12 team leagues where you might have Rajai Davis out there, or 15 team leagues where you might have Pagan. Guess I’m asking what’s your options.

    @Steve: He’s in my starting lineup today and he better hit 30 homers tonight.

  9. john says:
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    @Grey: I’m currently looking at Span in my 3rd OF spot, but there’s a fair amount of fieldable talent on the WW such as: CarGo, Rajai, Dias, Byrd, Stubbs, Cameron

    My assumption would be he’s still below all these guys except maybe Stubbs, Dias and Byrd.

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: I’d own Rajai for speed and CarGo for a power/speed combo.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @john: Oh, and, yeah, Krispie’s below them.

  12. Steve says:
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    So is it Ibanez or Diaz that gets the chop to fit him in? Or could I lose Frasor (already have Johnson, F-Cord, Bailey and Gutierrez for saves)?

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I’d lose Frasor.

  14. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. And if you’re sitting Diaz, it’s against a righty, no?

  15. john says:
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    @Grey: As usual, thanks for droppin the knowledge, Grey

  16. stumanji says:
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    @ThePoonTycoon: All this talk about Six Feet Under is making me want to watch it from the start again. Too bad there are so many other shows I need to watch. Other recommendations:
    Dark comedy/drama/kinda effed up shizz: Dexter (I guess I’m a big Michael C. Hall fan)
    Lighter fare: Weeds (I never thought Kevin Nealon was funny until this show. He’s phenomenal)
    Misc: Heroes (Season 1 is great, after that it’s more of the same), Californication (you can watch the entire season in a week or two)…

  17. Dingo says:
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    what about Scotty Podsednik?

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @stumanji: Someone subscribes to Showtime!

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Dingo: Sure, but I assumed he would be owned. If he’s out there, grab him.

  20. stumanji says:
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    @Grey: Unfortunately, not anymore. Had to scale back with, you know, the economy and all.

    Mrs. Hill told Aaron he’s on baby duty tonight. Adjust your lineups accordingly.

  21. brad says:
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    @stumanji: Californication is hilarious. Seems like a good recommendation for Grey.

  22. Tom_Emanski says:
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    Grey, would you start Buccholz vs. Baltimore tonight? He got roughed up pretty bad the last time he faced them.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Since I’m only at the very beginning of the 2nd season, can I watch that without it ruining everything?

    @stumanji: Thanks for the heads up!

    @brad: Maybe I’ll check it out.

    @Tom_Emanski: I would in 12 team leagues and deeper, but it’s risky.

  24. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Um… Yes. Totally. Wait, have you gotten to the part where they smoke indoors and drink scotch? Jk, it won’t ruin anything.

  25. mr baseball says:
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    Carlos Beltrán returns tonight – get him in all of your lineups – he will be gunning for homerun number nine number nine number nine tonight

  26. mr baseball says:
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    Royals recalled 3B Alex Gordon from Triple-A Omaha.

  27. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Grrr. Stupid Yahoo won’t let me get him in the lineup for today anyway.

  28. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Sorry – should have included this with the last one. McGehee or Guillen at 3B. Need to drop one to activate Beltran in an ESPN league.

  29. Quimmy says:
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    @grey:

    Dude, Carnivale is amazing. Shame it only lasted 2 seaons.

    Deadwood and Six Feet Under are equally amazing. Best series ender ever with 6Feet.

    Baseball:

    Confirm or deny
    Best keepers ever:

    We keep 5 with salary being under 75 total:

    Braun
    Kemp
    JUP
    Kendry
    A.Hill

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Quimmy: Yeah, heard great things about Carnivale. Six Feet Under doesn’t seem like my type of show, but maybe I’ll give it a try. Excellent keepers.

  31. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Sheesh. Talk about poor management. Forgot about the double-header so won’t have him active in any league today.

    And my H2H opponent has Tommy Hunter going.

    At least I have my health.

  32. Quimmy says:
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    @grey

    If u liked the film American Beauty at all you will like 6Feet. Same vein.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I missed him in one league too if it’s a consolation. One more day of Angel Pagan, yay!

    @Quimmy: I did like it, but not as much as some. I enjoyed Palindromes mocking American Beauty.

  34. Mike says:
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    Let’s Grammar Nazi it up. On the Downs/Frasor one, you mean ‘their’. ‘Blechtastic’ looks perfect, though.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mike: Gesundheit!

  36. Quimmy says:
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    @grey

    Palindromes was awesome. I saw most of his stuff. That director is wacky!

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Quimmy: Don’t be a grade gruber!

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GTS: Thanks for the heads up!

  39. Drop BJ for Stubbs or Borbon? or hold tight?

  40. Doug Ault says:
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    @GTS: I hope only his feelings are hurt.The only team I have in contention is built around “the man who was almost traded for Alex Rios” how’s that for dodging a bullet Giants fans.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @danimal35: Eh, not crazy about that switch, but if you’re desperate I’d go with Borbon.

  42. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I think Ibanez opened the other eye today.

    Torres, presumably, is pitching with both of his closed.

  43. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Brilliant. He didn’t even last the inning.

  44. Doug Ault says:
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    Lincecum has back spasms, out only a few days

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ugh, that just killed me. The A’s have hurt more this season than any other team.

  46. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks, Smoltzie. That’s 7 earned in 1.1 total innings of work by my H2H guys so far today.

  47. Tom_Emanski says:
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    Looks like I made a good decision to start Buccholz.

    Do you like any of the following: F. Garcia vs OAK, Byrd vs BAL, West vs NYM, Norris vs. PIT, Snell vs. LAA, Fister vs TEX, or Stauffer,vs COL as Wins/Ks-whore pickups? I’m the guy who’s going up against Carpenter, Verlander, Felix, CC, Burnett, Jackson. And I’m the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy /lame Departed reference

  48. @Grey: not desperate…just sick to my stomach

  49. Dumbmutt says:
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    Just got Borboned. 2HR & SB. I had him the other day when the game was rained out but dropped him for Car Go.

  50. ThePoonTycoon says:
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    @Quimmy: i think 6 feet under is way better. granted they are both products of the same writer, alan ball. just so much character development in 6 feet under. even episodes where nothing happens i would be totally enthralled. it’s just perfectly paced and developed.

  51. VanHammersly says:
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    OK, stick a fork in Lidge. Loads the bases with Nats and Charlie gives him the boot with only one out recorded.

    Myers has 3 scoreless appearances since returning from surgery. But Madson just retired Zimmerman and Dunn on 6 pitches to get the save. Really hope Charlie gives some indication after the game who’s closing after this.

  52. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You can add Billingsley to that Ugh. ERA for the week currently stands at 10.38. WHIP is 2.08. Real championship stuff.

  53. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: This is my f**king outlet!

  54. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ha! That’s classic. If it wasn’t for the safe environment of Razzball in which to unload, I’d be considering self-harm.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I don’t know if I’m supposed to feel better or worse, but I also had Torres going tonight.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Sorry, Torres has me so flippin’ mad, I’m not even making sense. I have no idea what that last comment meant.

  57. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I know exactly what you meant!

  58. Byron says:
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    Speaking of great shows- my wife is watching 90210- why is it that women watch the worst shows? if there is not a love story involved shes going nowhere near it- @grey someone just dropped bj upton in my league- think he is worth a pickup?

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Byron: Depends who you’re dropping to grab him, but he didn’t even start tonight and he hasn’t been good in two months. 90210 jumped the shark when jumped the shark was still a fresh phrase. Ten years later, it’s back. Go figure.

  60. Byron says:
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    @grey- thanks for all the insight this year- i dont post much but i have been reading a lot- wish i had a site like this to go to for my football season- keep up the good work and as much as i hate giving away good fantasy baseball sites i cant help but passing along the site to the other guys in my league

  61. Byron says:
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    @steve- thanks for the heads up- is there a link up on this site?

  62. papasmurf says:
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    Pagan or Milledge? For overall contributions.

  63. Steve says:
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    @Byron: Top left, just under the search box.

  64. Byron says:
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    @steve- much obliged- good site

  65. Steve says:
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    @Grey: It’s not good when the Wolfman is about the only starting pitcher you can rely on.

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Grey: grab madson over johnson,or nunez

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @papasmurf: Pagan

    @Steve: Or Angel Pagan.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Eh, I don’t think Madson’s going to have the job straight away. I think Myers or even Lidge could see opps.

  68. the robbie says:
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    im in a roto leagie and i can make up a lot of ground on the HR category. HRAGNOF! anyway, what free agents should i pick up?

  69. Adam says:
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    Drop Juan Gutierrez for Madson? Arizona isn’t giving much for save opps so it’s tough to see what’s going on there…another option would be to drop Juan Rivera or Carlos Quentin, I have a glut of OF

  70. big o says:
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    “… many moons passed before this dream grew strong ,
    and tomorrow he would sing his 1st war song .
    in the middle of the night , something went wrong .
    surprised attack , killed him in his sleep ….”

    the words are close .
    don’t know why , after 40 years , that song would suddenly come to me now .
    unless it’s the title .
    author ??

  71. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    could you speak to everth ,
    and ask him to step up his game .

    thanks .

  72. Steve says:
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    The race is tightening in the RCL Original Recipe Division! Doc is coming back to the pack!

    Unfortunately the team managed by your correspondent is choosing this exact moment to fall to pieces.

  73. DrEasy says:
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    Fuentes just doesn’t want to stay under a 4 ERA it seems.

  74. Bob says:
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    @Steve: My team is turgid, injured, talentless and in second place. It’s the worst contending team I’ve ever had. I have another team with 103 points in second place. It goes to show you should never give up. Our league is either balanced or mediocre. It’s going to be an interesting stretch run.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @the robbie: Marte? Krispie? Uribe? Though it’s helpful to know some top guys that are available.

    @Adam: Drop Rivera for him if you like, but what about Myers? Is he gone?

    @big o: I will speak to him. Is that Hendrix?

  76. DrEasy says:
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    What’s safer: Nieman pitching at Yankee Stadium or Carmona at home against Texas?

  77. Tom_Emanski says:
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    What’s the point of owning NeverCab For Stealies if he’s not going to….STEAL BASES?? Why shouldn’t I just pick up the red hot Elvis Andrus?

  78. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    yes it is .
    castles made of sand .

  79. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    how the hell do you know all this shizz ??

  80. the robbie says:
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    marte and uribe are available, krispie is not. Some noteable free agents are drew, willingham, billy butler, chris davis

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