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A forearm injury to Todd Helton has reshuffled the Rockies lineup and has opened the door to more playing time for Eric Young Jr. Our friend EY2 could be the poster boy for SAGNOF and fantasy baseball owners have the opportunity to cash in on his increase in playing time, even if it is only temporary. Grey told you to BUY him in this past week’s Buy/Sell. Let’s take a closer look at the Rockies outfielder and how his speed can help your squad for at least the next week or two.

Green Light…

Eric Young Jr., OF | COL – Over the past week, EY2 has accumulated 3 runs and a steal, not including his stats from Sunday’s game. On the season, he’s got 8 runs and 2 steals to go along with a .288 average. You can count on a nice amount of runs and steals from him with this recent increase in playing time.  He’s owned in less than 2% of ESPN leagues, but should be a starting outfielder and the leadoff hitter for a Rockies team that has been clicking offensively. This pickup is all about opportunity. Without playing time, EY2 isn’t anything special.  He’s a career .268 hitter with some speed.  But with an everyday job and the leadoff spot, EY2 becomes very interesting and perhaps very useful. It’s worth noting that the Rockies are currently third in MLB in both steals and steal attempts. In just 174 AB in 2012, EY2 scored 36 runs, stole 14 bags, and hit .316.  While his average was likely aided by a BABIP of .367, the runs and steals should be there and he makes a nice add in most formats if you have an outfield slot available and the need for speed.

With almost a month’s worth of data to view, we can start to look at which teams are running and which teams are controlling the running game.  The following tables do not include Sunday’s stats:

2013 SB / SB Attempts (Team Data)
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STL 7/9 BOS 22/28
SEA 7/11 OAK 21/25
ARI 7/14 COL 19/26
MIN 8/13 KC 18/22
CIN 8/15 MIL 18/27
NYY 9/13 CHC 16/22
LAA 9/15 TB 16/23
MIA 10/11 BAL 15/17
DET 10/11 TOR 15/19
CLE 10/12 PIT 14/19
2013 SB Allowed (Team Data)
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BAL 5 CHC 21
NYY 5 TB 20
MIN 5 TOR 18
TEX 6 CWS 18
STL 7 BOS 18
ARI 7 SD 17
COL 9 OAK 17
MIL 9 ATL 16
LAD 9 SEA 16
MIA 10 CLE 16

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  1. Paul C. says:
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    Any hesitation on Young given the 4 CS to go along with the 2 SB? His success rate in previous years was pretty good, so maybe it’s just a blip, but it’s a little concerning. I don’t know how old-school Weiss is, but even those opposed to sabermetric-style evaluation of SB success rates would eventually put up the stop sign if a guy is only 30-40% successful in his attempts.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Paul C.: Thanks for your comment, Paul. Yup, I am a little concerned about that in fact. I had the opportunity to swap Pierre out for him in my fifth outfield slot and to be honest that is what kept me holding onto Pierre instead. I think the steals will be there, but he can be aggressive to a fault on the basepaths.

      • Homer at the Bat says:
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        @Mike: I was at the Rox/DBacks game yesterday, and it sure looked like EY2 was doing his best to run himself straight back to AAA. 1st inning (after a fluky GB double inside the 1st base bag), EY2 gets nailed (fairly easily) running from 2nd to 3rd on a GB to SS – a textbook ball you shouldn’t run on. His CS later on (3rd inning, I think) was also at 3rd, and he was out by a wide margin. EY2 then did his best to get thrown out at the plate, but had a good slide to get around the tag on a ball that beat him to the plate but was slightly up the 1st base line.

        I’d love EY2 to stick – he’s exciting and the speed is very real – but wow, he has little to no idea how to harness his wheels.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Homer at the Bat: Thanks for that perspective Homer, it helps to have the story between the numbers. I have read a lot of stuff about EY2 being too aggressive and that’s a great firsthand example of it. Hopefully they can coach him up a little bit and he has better success on the basepaths since he seems have an opportunity to shine here over the next week or so…

  2. Ron says:
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    Who do I drop to get Valverde in my lineup? Here are the bench spots for my team.

    Bats: Aybar (Segura is at SS), L. Cain, Weeks (Carpenter is at SS)
    Arms: Quintana, Vliianueva, Garza(DL), Henderson?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Ron: Hi Ron, of those pitchers I personally like Quintana the least. (I’m assuming you need saves if you are adding Valverde). Of the bats I’d let Aybar loose.

      • Ron says:
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        @Mike: So I have to ask….between Quintana and Aybar who you letting go?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Ron: Quintana, That’s me preferring hitters over pitchers and my personal opinion that you could probably stream starts and get similar production as Quintana

          • Ron says:
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            @Mike: From now on you shall be known as “Money Mike” because everything you I’m taking straight to the bank!

            Thanks for the help.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              @Ron: Happy to help, Ron.

  3. James says:
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    Was thinking of dropping Lorenzo Cain for either of the following:

    Aoki
    Moose
    Josh Donaldson
    Arenado

    10 team h2h
    Which should I pick up for the short term and should I still hold on Marte, Werth, and Brandon moss.

    Thank you for the advice , much appreciated

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @James: No problem! Thanks for reading, James.Those are all good players to choose from on the wire…but since you said short term I would ride the hottest hand right now which seems to be Donaldson…I would also hold onto Moss, Marte, and Werth for the time being. I personally have a lot of faith in Moose being able to turn things around this year at some point, but it’s hard for me to tell you to go grab him for just the immediate future…

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Mike: Who is Moose? Moustakas?

      • James says:
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        @Mike: thank you Mike for the timely response.. I did draft Moustakas myself as I was the one who dropped him in the first place. Really hope he eventually fulfills his potential as a power bat

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @James: no problem!

  4. El Famous Burrito says:
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    How is Texas getting so few stolen bases against them? Last I checked, AJ Pierzynski was still their catcher. Do we need to check him for roids, or Max Zorin-esque arm implants?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @El Famous Burrito: Haha true…check for scars near his armpits! Looks like Pierzynski’s career CS% is around 24% which isn’t awful but not that great either…maybe more to do with the pitchers holding the runners? Darvish hasn’t allowed any SB yet this year and Ogando and Holland have each only given up 1 apiece…

  5. James says:
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    With Hanley coming back possibly today or tomorrow do I still roster alcides Escobar he’s been good recently with average, steals and runs.. I also have marte, moss and L. Cain … With Aoki and Moose on waivers.. What’s the reccomended plan of attack?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @James: James, I have Hanley on my DL as well and will have to make room for him. Cain appears to be the odd man out of that group, but I usually like to try and trade to clear up roster space before I straight drop players that are performing…you also have a little time unless you are anxious to insert Hanley into your lineup immediately..

  6. Phil says:
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    Do I start Raiji Davis or eric young jr.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Phil: Phil, assuming it’s a weekly league, I think I’d rather go EY2 since Davis may sit against some righties and it looks like there is only one lefty going in each of the series with Boston and Seattle (Lester and Saunders). Meanwhile EY2 could see everyday at bats and has a nice matchup at Coors later this week against TB, who is second on the MLB list of most SB allowed…although he’ll most likely draw Price and Moore in that series

  7. Allof says:
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    Who would you rather have cingrani or Shelby miller rest of year? Cingrani looked really poised Sunday I watched the game

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Allof: Thanks for commenting, Allof. I agree that Cingrani is a lot of fun to watch right now, but I would still lean towards Miller for the rest of 2013. The league may adjust to both and it is a matter of which of the two can adjust back and if I had to bet on one it would be Miller.

  8. Bill says:
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    Bourjos or Young Jr.?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Bill: Short term I like EY2 but ROS I lean towards Bourjos

  9. Gregg says:
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    Im in a 16 Man Keeper Roto league, im currently 14/16 but not far back in most categories. I was offered Cano and Chacin for Hamels and Shields. Im in dire need of a 2B/MI and i have King Felix/Teheran/Garza(DL)/De la Rosa/Quintana/Hammel. Valverde/Bailey/Parnell. Would you make this move, I like moving away from the expensive pitching staff. Any input?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Gregg:Without knowing your league keeper rules, I would make that move yes. You’re getting an elite bat and you still have Felix to anchor your pitching staff.

      • Gregg says:
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        @Mike: Yea, its the way i was leaning. I’m also worried about recent linking of cano to the same place arod and melky were linked to. His mentor and best friend.

        • Gregg says:
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          @Gregg: Also its 10 keepers

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            @Gregg: I own Cano in my keeper league that has a similar format so I understand the worry there, but I would be really surprised if the links lead to any actual missed time this year. Great deal for you IMO.

  10. Allof says:
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    would you start gallardo against the Pirates tonight first pitch in 20 minutes

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Allof: Yup! He’s 4th overall on the Stream-O-Nator for today…

  11. mpc says:
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    Hi Mike,

    Deep 14 team mixed league– Aram and Youk both hurt on my roster. Scrounging for a 3b on the wire. Who do you choose from this ugly bunch:

    Keppinger
    Chisenhall
    Sogard
    Lombardozzi
    Nix

    Are there any sleeper 3b options I might be missing? Arenado is already rostered.

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @mpc: mpc, I like Chisenhall out of that bunch. It’s really tough to lose two guys at the same position especially in a deep league like that. If Luis Valbuena and Eric Chavez are still out there you may want to give them a look as well.

      • mpc says:
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        @Mike: Thanks for the response. Valbuena is owned, Chavvy is not– is he starting for the Dbacks?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @mpc: With Hill and Gregorius out he is getting more ABs, but I wouldn’t count on him starting everyday. Just watched Stanton go down after trying to leg out a bunt. Looked like he got shot in the back of the leg.

          • mpc says:
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            @Mike: Ouch. I’m glad I don’t own him anywhere. Why the hell was Stanton bunting? I’m not sure I see a scenario where that is acceptable. ha ha.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              @mpc: haha my bad it was a full swing …the ball just went about 3 inches in front of the plate

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @mpc: A Ram likely back fri.

  12. Tehol Beddict says:
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    so i picked him up. why in the name of christ is he not starting?!?!?!?!?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: no clue..that blows. Pacheco at 1B, Cuddyer in RF

  13. Allof says:
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    Who would you roster for the rest of this year? Segura or andrus

  14. Kevin says:
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    10 team H2H; go without a bench SS eligible player and drop Danny Espinosa for Josh Donaldson? I was sort of high on Espinosa prior to the year starting but he’s really not providing a thing, even in a rare utility start…
    Also thinking I should dump a bat for Kendrick this Thursday and keep him there. Any other bums you’d dump? Morrow is making is making it incredibly hard to keep (as is Marcum who is still in my DL spot)

    Thanks in advance Mike.
    -Kevin

    Yadier Molina
    Anthony Rizzo
    Kyle Seager
    Mark Trumbo
    J.J. Hardy
    Adam Jones
    Denard Span
    Giancarlo Stanton
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Starling Marte
    Justin Morneau
    Danny Espinosa
    Alejandro De Aza
    Shane Victorino
    Neil Walker
    Erick Aybar
    Trevor Cahill
    Andy Pettitte
    Kris Medlen
    Jim Johnson
    Hyun-Jin Ryu
    Grant Balfour
    Brandon Morrow
    James Shields
    Jonathon Niese
    Anibal Sanchez
    Cliff Lee
    Shaun Marcum

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Kevin: Thanks Kevin. I’d hold for now on Espinosa after he put up a near 20-20 season last year, and the Nats lineup should do some good things in 2013. While I like Kendrick, maybe try to trade from your infield depth to improve the pitching staff…

  15. Tehol Beddict says:
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    AGAIN HE’S NOT IN THE LINEUP!?!?!?!?!? what in the name of grey’s holy c@ck is going on??????

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