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Jace Peterson continues to see regular playing time with Chase Headley on the disabled list. Headley is expected to return around May 10th, so we should get another week of SAGNOF from Peterson. The 23-year-old has tallied two steals in 21 plate appearances for the Padres and he has seven home games on the schedule this week against the Royals and Marlins. The Royals have been stingy in allowing stolen bases, but the Marlins haven’t. The fish have given up the fourth most stolen bases in baseball entering Sunday’s games. Peterson had 39, 51, and 42 stolen bases over his last three minor league seasons. He is more of a deep league pickup, or a stop gap in your lineup given Headley’s imminent return, but the speed is real and he’s available (0% owned ESPN). A quick reminder to utilize the new SB Rates vs. SP tool here at Razzball. It’s a quick and easy way to find pitchers who are good targets to run against, and comes in handy for DFS and daily roto leagues. Here are some other steals picks for fantasy baseball this week…

 Chris Getz – (@PHI, PHI, LAA)

Getz’s biggest fantasy contribution is going to be in stolen bases, and he’s got the everyday job at second base in Toronto. He has two steals in 15 plate appearances this year and over a full season and he could be a 20-25 steal guy. He’s scheduled to face A.J. Burnett this coming Wednesday and while Burnett has pitched really well to start the year, he is also one of the easiest arms to run against. He’s already allowed five steals on the season.

Jonathan Villar – (@DET, @BAL)

Villar’s ownership has dropped under 60% at ESPn, but his bat has started to heat up. Hopefully you didn’t go into panic mode and drop him, because he now has four multi-hit efforts in his last eight games, along with a pair of steals and a pair of homers. Villar still has that 30-40 stolen base potential, and the pop in his bat is a nice bonus from the shortstop position. To start the week he’ll get a four-game set against my favorite team to run against, the Tigers.

Craig Gentry – (SEA, WSH)

Frequent commentator, gentleman, and scholar, [Ed. Note– And a thesaurian contemplaturiat in his verbosity…] Ghost of the Disappeared threw Gentry’s name into the ring last week. His five steals in 51 plate appearances is nice for cheap steals in deeper leagues and he stole 24 bags last year with limited playing time. Like most SAGNOF players though, the playing time situation is a bit cloudy. On the positive side, he’s sporting a .380 OBP and hasn’t been caught stealing yet this season. He’ll get a nice match up against the Mariners early this week.

Cleveland Indians – (MIN, @TB)

There are a lot of intriguing options for stolen bases on the Indians right now thanks to the Jason Kipnis injury. The fastest guy on the roster now is Jose Ramirez, who stole 38 bags last year in the minors and had eight in Triple-A prior to his call up. Mike Aviles should see an increase in playing time as well and he’s got double-digit steals potential. In the outfield, Michael Bourn‘s hamstring is acting up on him again and his replacement Nyjer Morgan has wheels. Match-ups aren’t great against the Twins and Rays however.

 

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Nice title!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

  2. Scooter G says:
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    Are you worried about E Cabrera at all? Do you still think he can exceed 30 steals this year?

    • kisses says:
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      @Scooter G: I’m just about done with EvCab and these 0/4 games without a steal(s).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, I’m a little concerned. If he turns it on he could still get to 30, but when and if he turns it on is the bigger question for me.

  3. mauledbypandas says:
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    I’ll take any bi-pedal human baseball man for SAGNOF if Salty is catching!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! truth

  4. Darnell says:
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    Would you drop Asdrubal for Villar?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes

  5. SS Quandry says:
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    Alexi or Viller ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Villar

  6. Franks and beans says:
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    Drop Victorino for Desmond Jennings? It’s 10 team league.

    • Franks and beans says:
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      @Franks and beans:

      Also, drop Andrelton Simmons for either Jhonny peralta, villar or Rollins? I need a power boost!

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        I’d pick up Jennings but hold on Simmons

  7. Jim says:
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    You jinxed Jace. He’s sitting tonight!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Damn!

  8. Ro says:
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    Hardy or Villar ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Depends whether you need the power or the steals more. ROS Player rater likes Villar more and I am inclined to agree

  9. Jiggy Nits says:
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    What’s your over under on steals from Barnes in COL?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like this one.

      12

  10. peejer says:
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    I give up wacha and W Castillo get posey 5×5

    im first in k’s w and 3rd in era whip and have pineda and stroman on the bench–last in ave and in the middle of a tight hr rbi R

    do it??
    thx

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, I would

  11. peejer says:
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    im tellin everybody this guy(you) don’t sleep!

    Re this from previous question: ” I give up wacha and W Castillo get posey 5×5″

    If he turns it down would it still be a go if I got seager & frieri( read he may be back closing soon) for wacha-
    need the hr & ave

    all your tools are awesome…
    would it be to much to make an app for a Trade-0-nator I’d pay for that!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

      yeah, I would still do Wacha for Seager and Frieri. I’m always down for getting a solid bat in return for an arm if I can spare the arm.

      re: trade tool…Buysellatops ;)

      http://razzball.com/buysell/

  12. Ghost of the Disappeared - Mother says:
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    Mike: I’ll choose to ignore the usual editorial pejoratives hurled at me on your informative shows – as just stuff conjured up – perhaps, as being somehow “tit for tat” from some lowest common denominator driven troubled dark mind. Know that, I do not hold you responsible nor do I blame you for them. In fact, you have my deepest condolences for the current situation you find yourself in.

    Moving on.

    Looked at the tool. A good one. Here is another website’s with a historical tool. Sadly, it does not break them down to innings pitched. A better and more useful indicator IMO.

    http://www.sportingcharts.com/mlb/stats/pitching-stolen-bases-allowed-leaders/2007/

    The reason I went there, was last night in the A’s game, the broadcast team mentioned Chris Young work on the mound and how vulnerable he looked like he was to SBs.

    Their background stat-man went to work. They then stated one year in San Diego (one of the few years he had been able to throw a complete season of starts in) he lead the league with 44 SB allowed while pitching. Adding to that number is, not one runner was caught stealing against him that year. YIKES! Maybe, he has gotten better? Not much though, given the broadcast team was drawn to comment on his work out there last night

    We both know SB success rates is also a tied to the catcher as well. The perfect tool would be one that alerts us to the combination of these “Allow-ers” ( or is that enablers? HAHA) in a battery together.

    The next wave of twitter age FFB league team management websites will probably have this all factored for us. When we just pay them and their computers to manage our teams for us to victory.

    • Mike

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      Hey Ghost!

      Yeah, Chris Young gives up a bunch. My favorite battery is Sanchez/Avila. Looking forward to Anibal getting healthy again.

      I hope you are wrong about team management. My favorite part of FBB can’t be tracked on a computer.

  13. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Mike: If you were to give a team management service your password to a league, what is to prevent its computers from accessing and managing your team 24/7. I would think, nothing.

    This is my Deep Blue Computer Chess theory for the future of online daily FBB games.

    Certainly, ESPN with its liberal FA player acquisition rules and its up to the last minute game day deadlines is a perfect environment for this type of service to thrive in. It would be perfect for a team of FBB highly trained FBB workers – working in shifts 24/7 and their computers to dot every i and cross every t for the daily management any number of FBB teams. No single human who was not online 24/7 and dedicated solely to playing the game could hope to compete most of the time.

    The games players and general MLB information permutations are not endless. Leaving TIME as the largest factor for successful team management these days.

    Clearly, the “time devoted” to parsing MLB information and playing these games now drives success – given the rules of mass online FBB daily play.

    Workers at a management service could input off-the-wire 24/7 information following a plan and using relatively simple spreadsheet applications that follow the plan’s preset game day priorities/protocols. This could easily achieve a huge advantage over 99.99% of the individual owners who are playing the game. Why? Their computers never sleep and miss nothing .

    Basically, leagues are not different and choices are the same. The best player available – given all factors considered – will in the end score more points and win the game.

    Yes, there are sticky MLB issues (too many to list here) that will have to be addressed by the management services in plan or by prioritizing need or etc. But I do think, these can be quantified and built into the multi-team management programs. Is that not what is being done on here at RazzBall all the time with numbers. And that is why you have a team of trained in FBB humans imputing the information to the programs. The concept is “a team of experts working for you”. Think of it as RAZZBALL running your FBB life. ( Perhaps, that was not the best example given your current situation – sorry )

    Actually, the money earning potential of a good service like this could be quite high if it caught on. Of course, these services like individual owners performances would differ widely. But, let’s say it did catch on and they could capture 5% of the team owners market – $29,99 x 5 to 6 figures is a big number for a business that could be run out of a garage or basement of a house (you could sell drugs there on the side at too – given someone is always there 24/7). (Plus, start-up workers work for next to nothing or nothing at all = CHA CHING!!!)

    It could be set up to be used as only an aid to an owner when they are not Online or to ask for suggestions or give alerts. The minute to minute details of the service could be easily customized to an owner’s desires of the moment. Or they could just win the league, “HANDS OFF” for the owner. Without the owner ever having to touch a key once the game starts – of course, they must take the few minutes to sign up for a given league, transfer the details to and pay the management fees to service first.

    Your objective is to offer the public “Affordable Tedious Work Free FBB Victory”

    “I won my league” will soon take on a new meaning. Soon the standard question that follows that statement will be, “What Team management service did you use?”

    • Mike

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      1. that sounds like no fun
      2. I think baseball is a weird, unique organism that doesn’t follow the rules and sticks it to the computers now and then.
      3. managing a FBB team takes stamina, instincts and balls. this stuff might work for DFS and redrafts, but give me my keepers and dynasty leagues please, where there are many kinds of league setups.

      • Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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        @Mike: Mike: I agree with you on all of those points. I do think it maybe is the future though.

        On #3: Finding leagues can be a problem. I’m happy playing online FBB.

        I’m fed up with Yahoo as it now demands you make yourself (computer) naked to enter their draft ware. I do miss their 24 hour deadline though. Would like rosters deeper though too

        ESPN is too first come-first served 24/7 Twitter-y for my tastes – doubt, I’ll play it next year. I hate the feeling, ” I should be racing to make that move now”. Ruins the game for me. I don;t see this as a working hard issue. I see it a technology’s undue influence o.n the game

        Yeah, I think, it is time for me to search out a new online league.

        I will give CBS a look today. But, it was not even as good a Yahoo in the past.

        My perfect league would be auction yearly 10 team AL weekly or bi-weekly only 5X5 cat roto rules with FAA budget bidding for FA players. Perfect for my pace and wants. Hard to find

        Cannot abide the first-come-first-serve FAs any longer. A simple 24 waiver rule with a deadline would get much of the twittering age impact out of the games IMO. It would level the playing field and not make you a slave to the game 24/7.

        My live draft days are over now. As are my Keeper league days. These are too easily destroyed by 1 or 2 stinker owners. I have been in some great ones though.

        Have you found any other good options online – free being a must? I do not transact anything online. Probs in past. Suggestions would be appreciated.

        • Mike

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          I really enjoy the FAAB process and have used that in my main leagues.

          Don’t currently play in an Al-only like the one you mentioned, but I’d be willing to get one going next year. Let’s put it on the to-do list.

  14. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    ALERT!!! The M’s are running wild on the A’s weeny armed catchers. This could become a trend

    This Jones OFer M’s kid is interesting doing everything to stay up.

    Game saving catch, runs scored and SB today – Most important he is getting on base.

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