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It’s not even June and the Mariners are on their second lead-off hitter in James Jones. The 25-year-old center fielder has hit at the top of the Mariners lineup and looks to remain there for the foreseeable future. Yes, I copied and pasted that last sentence from the Abraham Almonte post. Jones has looked good though, hitting .306 with a .377 OBP in the twenty games since his call up. More importantly, he’s swiped three bags already and projects to steal around 15 bases by year’s end. That’s a serviceable number for deeper mixed league owners struggling to find steals in their lineup. Jones stole 25+ in each of his last two minor league seasons, and he’s currently sporting a 62% ground ball percentage which is allowing him to maximize his speed. That percentage is seventh among outfielders with at least 50 plate appearances. This week, Jones gets a favorable match-up against the Tigers, who have allowed the tenth most stolen bases this season (34). A battery of Anibal Sanchez and Alex Avila has quickly become one of my favorite to run against since beginning this column. Jones probably won’t get to face that specific battery this time around, but one of our other SAGNOF picks will. Here are some of this week’s steals plays in fantasy baseball…

Denard SpanMIA, TEX

Span got the steal against Pittsburgh that I was shooting for, and he’ll get another good match-up this week against the Marlins. Miami is tied with Pittsburgh for the second most stolen bases allowed this year (42). The Nationals are slowly getting healthy again and recently got Adam LaRoche back, so there will be opportunities for Span to score runs as well. Span has what I would call “boring speed”, if there is such a thing.

Anthony GoseTB, KC

Gose is a player who stole 69 bags back in 2011 when he was in Double-A. He may not play every day, but he’s hit well since his call up this season, batting .308 with two stolen bases. He’s not somebody I’d target in standard mixed leagues, but he’d be a threat to steal anytime he’s in the lineup. Neither the Rays nor the Royals present a good steals match-up, though.

Craig GentryDET, LAA

Like Gose, Gentry’s playing time is a little erratic. He does, however, have eight stolen bases on the season and hasn’t been caught stealing yet. He’ll get a favorable match-up against the Tigers, and it looks like he’ll draw the aforementioned Sanchez/Avila battery in the last game of the series. If Gentry’s in the starting lineup, I’d definitely try to get him in there for that game.

Ben RevereCOL, NYM

Revere mentioned in a post game interview Saturday that he is still finding his way in terms of dealing with the ankle injury that sidelined him last season. It was a significant injury, and could explain some of his inconsistencies this year. His ownership dipped below 50% this week, so he may be a player that can be had cheaply right now. The center fielder has stolen 12 bases and is currently hitting .289, so I’m not sure why folks are bailing.

Chris OwingsSD, CIN

I mentioned Owings last week, but the match-up against the Padres makes him worth noting again. San Diego has allowed the most stolen bases in baseball (44). On top of that, Tyson Ross is tied with Gerrit Cole as the individual pitcher with the most steals allowed. In other words, it’s a nice opportunity for Owings to swipe a bag early this week. Owings has six steals and three homers on the season, and he’d make a great replacement for fantasy owners who lost Hanley Ramirez over the weekend.

Kolten WongNYY, SF

Wong is platooning with Ellis at second base, but he’s showing a lot more offensively this time around. He was one of last week’s picks, and as I write this he is 2-for-2 with two steals against a Reds team that is tough to run on. Like Owings, Wong offers a nice combination of pop and speed from the middle infield and would serve as a decent replacement at middle infield while Ramirez is shelved.

 

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  1. Tyler says:
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    Trade question:

    10 team, h2h, keeper league (keep 5 guys). We count H,HR, Avg, RBI, Steals, Runs….W, Saves, K, QS, Whip, ERA.

    My Braun, Iwakuma, Dom. Brown for his C. Davis, Max Scherzer, and Dan Haren.

    Lost Fernandez and wanted to replace a K level pitcher. Thoughts? Will Davis be a .270-280 30hr guy that’s worth keeping long term?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Davis could certainly go 30 hr, 280 might be pushing it though. Probably more a 260-270. I think it’s fair and if you need the pitching help Scherzer is a good arm to acquire.

  2. Bud says:
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    Hey mike, great posts. Since I have a lot of 1b’s- would you recommend looking to trade (or drop ) one but I’d prefer to trade.

    It’s 10 team, h2h points/ re draft
    We start one 1b, one IF, one utility for slots I could work the 1b in, my 1b is goldy, have c Santana who has eligibility at 1b, 3b, C & DH, Adam Dunn who I play at DH is both eligible at 1b & DH, Eric Hosmer & Joey votto who I just snatched saw someone dropped him over the weekend. I’ll show you the rest of my team & where you think I could go;

    C- Santana

    1b- goldy

    2b- pedroia

    SS- Alexi Ramirez

    IF- Jhonny peralta

    OF- matt Holliday

    OF- pence

    OF- Michael Brantley

    OF- george springer

    DH- Adam Dunn

    Utility – Dee Gordon

    Bench- Hosmer, votto , polanco,& Bryce Harper on DL

    SP- Strasberg

    SP- tanaka

    SP- cueto

    RP- keuchel

    RP- smyly

    Bench- Bumgarner, Lance Lynn

    Here are some available bats; cuddyer, jay Bruce, Desmond Jennings, span, ozuna, AJ pollock, Wong , taveras

    Here are some pitchers available; iwakuma, Phil Hughes, Beckett, lackey, jered weaver, & Gerrit cole was dropped this AM

    Thanks again

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Bud

      I’d lose Dunn and target Bruce.

      • Bud says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks for the response, now w/ dropping Dunn since I start him at DH I’d then be looking to move Santana from catcher to DH & would have to find a catcher at that point because I don’t have a backup to santans

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Should be some options out there it doesn’t sound like a deep league. I don’t know who’s available on your wire.

          • Bud says:
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            @Mike:

            Catcher there’s Devin mesoraco, yan Gomes, Russell Martin, Salvador Perez, Nieves, AJ pierzinzki, salty, Ruiz, montero, Kurt Suzuki to name a few, lol yeah I guess you can say id have no problem finding a catcher

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I like Perez and Mesoraco of that group

  3. Bob says:
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    I like the content, but…it is usually posted too late each week for my weekly(weakly?) league. Just sayen

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sorry Bob. Your rosters lock on Sundays?

  4. Bobby Nice says:
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    Do you have a list of the all the teams in red and green in a ranking type list? It would be helpful to judge guys you don’t list against each other. I’ve got Aybar and I’m thinking of dropping him for Owings just for the beginning of the week. I don’t thing anyone will pick up Aybar and can get him back. I need SS for steals ’cause my OF is too productive to replace with steals only.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Green lights…Padres,Pirates, Marlins, Blue Jays, White Sox, Phillies, Giants, Cubs, Orioles, Tigers

      Red lights…Cards, Reds, Nats, Rays, Royals, Mets, Rox, Twins, Rangers, Brewers, Yankees

  5. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    hey Mike – in a 10-team, 10-keeper who do you like more long term – wheeler or salazar? have to drop one due to injuries. do you think the latter is coming back up any time soon? thanks!

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