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Coco Crisp‘s recent neck injury opens the door for Craig Gentry over the next few days. He’ll likely take over in center and bat at the bottom of the A’s lineup while Crisp practices turning his head in both directions. Hopefully he didn’t promise his bike to anyone who could fix him. You were supposed to sleep on a board, Coco! Gentry makes an interesting play for steals, and he appeared in this very column last week. In 2013, Gentry had 24 stolen bases in just 287 plate appearances, so he’s got some wheels. He’s already got six steals in limited playing time this year. On the schedule this week are the White Sox and the Indians. Both teams are tied for the 10th most steals allowed in the majors (25) so it’s not a bad match-up play. Crisp isn’t on the disabled list, he’s just day-to-day, so it could just be the White Sox series that Gentry gets all of the starts.

Take a peek at the new SB Rates vs. SP tool that Rudy has conjured up. Using all of last year’s data, it lets us know which pitchers to deploy our SAGNOF specialists against (based on their steals per innings pitched rates). I used it yesterday in DFS when I saw Eric Young was going to start against Cole Hamels, who’s pretty easy to run against. I swapped him into my lineup and it paid off with two steals from EY2 in the game. Here are some other SAGNOF picks for this week…

B.J. Upton@SF, @STL

Upton’s ownership percentage has finally dipped below the 50% mark (and for good reason). If you can tear yourself away from the idea that he’s going to be the player he was in Tampa and start looking at him more as a SAGNOF play, he’s still valuable. He’s got seven stolen bases on the year despite a .202 batting average and this week he gets the Giants, who have allowed more steals than any other team in baseball (37). Yank him for the Cardinals, though. They are at the complete opposite end of the spectrum having allowed only nine steals all year.

Nyjer Morgan@TOR, OAK

Tony Plush (thanks Gareth) is going to make it hard for the Indians to ignore him if he continues to play like he did on Sunday. He’s got wheels, with a couple 30+ steal seasons under his belt in 2009 and 2010. Even in a more limited role he stole double digit bags and has three so far this season in just 13 games. Keep an eye on the starting lineup, but he might be worth a look this week against Toronto and Oakland, two teams that have allowed quite a few stolen bases so far.

A.J. PollockWAS, LAD

Pollock often gets overlooked (hence the wild paintings and alcoholism) but in the past week he’s stolen five bases and put together two multi-hit games. He’s now at three homers and five steals on the year and available pretty much everywhere. In a recent blurb my league’s server wrote, “Pollock has some ability.” If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is! #analysis

Mike Aviles@TOR, OAK

Aviles has a better playing time picture than Morgan and he’ll also benefit from the good match ups this week. He’s filling in nicely while Jason Kipnis is injured and over the course of a full season he’s a 15-steal guy. He has stolen four in 25 games this year, and makes a nice bridge player at middle infield while one of your regulars has the day off or is nursing an injury.

Danny Espinosa@ARI, NYM

Espinosa flirted with a couple of 20/20 seasons not too long ago, and he’s already tallied five homers and four steals this season in just 34 games. He’ll continue to get decent playing time with Zimmerman shelved and he’s got a favorable match up against the Diamondbacks to start the week. He strikes out a lot (29%) so you’ll have to stomach a bad batting average, but Espinosa actually makes for a sneaky pickup if you’re in need of a cheap power/speed combo in the middle infield.

Rougned OdorHOU, TOR

Odor’s been called up after a hot start in the minors to fill a hole in the Rangers’ infield. My guess is he’ll head right back down when Profar returns, but in the meantime he’s definitely worth a look. Odor stole 32 bags across two levels of the minor leagues in 2013 and had six steals prior to his call up this season. This week in particular favors his legs as the Astros and Blue Jays are both in the top ten for stolen bases allowed.

 

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  1. ctmusic says:
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    What do people make of James Jones? Is he relevant now that Almonte’s gone and Saunders is banged up? I need some cheap SB’s in AL-Only, while Calhoun is on the DL.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      stole 28 last year in the minors. I could see him getting 15, maybe even 20 if he gets the bulk of playing time from here on out. not much pop or help in batting average though. good name to bring up here.

  2. vinodole says:
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    Alcides over Odor is no brainer right? Even for just this week?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, Alcides for sure

  3. Maxi says:
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    What about AJ Pollock? he stole 4 bags in the last series vs CWS, 5 in the last week.

    got the Nationals and Dodgers this week…thoughts? will he get PT?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hi Maxi,

      Not to be rude or anything, but just look in the article above…

      Pollock often gets overlooked (hence the wild paintings and alcoholism) but in the past week he’s stolen five bases and put together two multi-hit games. He’s now at three homers and five steals on the year and available pretty much everywhere. In a recent blurb my league’s server wrote, “Pollock has some ability.” If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is! #analysis

      • Maxi says:
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        @Mike: I swear I read the whole thing but musta just skipped over that one blurb. My b ahahaha

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha. no worries!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He’ll get PT, Nats not a great match up for steals. Dodgers neutral.

  4. Carnac says:
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    Love this series, Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks!

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Mike:

        echo Carnac’s sentiments .
        of course , he prolly knew that i would
        before the both of us .

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Haha thanks man

  5. Big Al says:
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    H2H 12 man league. Got offered Wil Meyers and Mad Bum for Matt Kemp. Thoughts….

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would do it. I’m a Myers believer and Mad Bum is a great arm.

  6. Wake Up says:
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    Here comes the sun (doodoodoodoo)
    Here comes the sun, and I say
    It’s SAGNOF!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

  7. Jim says:
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    Hey man, thanks for the help — Been offered Sandoval for my Juan Uribe + another piece. You’d flip Uribe for Sandoval, right? And is making AJ Pollock that second piece too much to get a maybe-broken Sandoval?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime. I’d be okay grabbing Pablo for that. They’re basically waiver wire pieces for a player that could turn it around after a rough start.

  8. uncdrew says:
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    Art History humor, nice. I’m sure your four female readers appreciated it. As well as your enlightened male audience.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! thanks. that makes you enlightened :)

      I have to incorporate my art degree into this gig every once in a while.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @uncdrew: @Mike: I’m attempting to incorporate both by mixing my paints with Wild Turkey before I start dripping…

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          tastes better than turp

  9. BTXJ

    BTXJ says:
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    also keep eye on danny santana in MN. he’s fast as f*ck and can play both positions where Twins have biggest holes (SS and CF).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      good call. thanks BTXJ!

      • BTXJ

        BTXJ says:
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        @Mike: no doubt and nice read.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          thanks man

  10. ryan says:
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    Have McCann at catcher and thinking of picking up Norris until McCann (hopefully) heats up. Is Martin Prado droppable in a 12 teamer for him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold. I really hate carrying two catchers in a 1-catcher league unless it’s absolutely necessary, but that’s just me.

  11. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Congrats on your SAGNOF/EYJ-inspired win over me in DraftKings yesterday. Revenge game soon? Good stuff as always, Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Guru!

      He definitely sparked my lineup yesterday. We got BTXJ in there and Tehol’s in too for next time. It’s a lot of fun playing with you guys and the readers. I’ll hit you up for a H2H sometime this week.

  12. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    Deal Wily Peralta to get Dee Gordon? League allows very few FA pickups so solid SPs are more valuable. Thanks for all your work.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would make that swap, yes.

  13. costaricanchata says:
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    nice title , Mike .
    enjoy your posts .

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Costa, ditto on your comments

  14. No Soup for YU says:
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    Any shortstops you think will steal more or as close to as many bases as E Cabrera?
    Im thinking D Gordon or E Andrus but any other dark horse candidates for me? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Not sure if they are considered dark horses, but A Escobar and Villar come to mind

  15. Michael says:
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    Should I trade Tulo, Gardner and Wacha for Reyes, Stanton and Shields?
    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer Tulo side

  16. Mustache monster says:
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    Hey mike,

    Im in a 10 team h2h points league with weekly roster lock.

    I set my roster, but just wanted some insight vs my opponent / if you’d make any changes but there’s no changes I see maybe that’s just me though. Lol it’s going to be a tough matchup facing the best team(he’s 6-0) & is leading the lead with most home runs

    My roster:

    C- Carlos Santana

    1b- goldschmidnt

    2b- pedroia

    3b- David wright

    SS- Alexi Ramirez

    IF- Jhonny peralta

    OF- Matt Holliday

    OF- hunter pence

    OF- Michael Brantley

    OF – Desmond Jennings

    DH- Adam Dunn

    Utility- Dee Gordon

    Bench- Eric Hosmer, polanco
    Harper on DL.

    SP- Strasberg

    SP- tanaka

    SP Johnny cueto

    RP- Papelbon

    RP- Alex wood( he starts may 17 which I believe is next weekend)

    Bench: mad bum, zach wheeler, Gerrit cole.


    His team:

    C- buster posey

    1b- Jose abreu

    2b- dozier

    3b- rendon

    SS- tuluwitzki

    IF- howie Kendrick

    OF- mike trout

    OF- billy Hamilton

    OF- Brandon moss

    OF- charlie Blackmon

    DH- Mark Reynolds

    Utility- prince fielder

    SP- King Felix

    SP- Jose Fernandez

    SP – James shields

    RP- chapman

    RP- Francisco Rodriguez

    Since he has two guys as two start pitchers would you start g cole over tanaka & maybe start wheeler too because of the two starts? Or drop wheeler & add someone who I can plug at RP slot instead of Papelbon for this week? Just so I have that extra pitcher, plus chance for more points; these are who are eligible at both SP/RP; tanner Roark, Alfredo Simon, Drew smyly, Dallas keuchel, Robbie Ross, Dustin McGowan , Rafael montero who just got called up & will pitch wed,are some that are available

    Looking at power, Desmond is prob my best option as 4th OF’er right? I was going to drop him for George springer but I kinda want to see more from the spring kid, although I did see the hitter tron this weekend & really liked springer

    Thanks & have a great one!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice team. I’d leave Tanaka in there and I agree Jennings is your best option. I think JFer is hurt. Don’t tell your opponent that, though. ;)

      • Mustache monster says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks mike!
        Would you add Rafael montero, tanner Roark or one of the pitchers I can plug at RP instead of Papelbon ?

        • Mustache monster says:
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          @Mustache monster:

          Lol also as you said j- fer was hurt he moved j fer to bench & anibal Sanchez to start

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Haha, dang!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime. I think either are good to slot there over Pap. The matchup for Montero worries me a little though. No pressure or nothin making your first start against the Yanks in the subway series

  17. OaktownSteve says:
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    Just FYI, Gentry hits first against lhp and at the bottom vs rhp right now when he plays for Coco. Occasionally he plays when Coco plays and hits at the bottom.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Even better Thanks Steve!

  18. chris says:
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    What side do you like

    Rizzo and Lincecum for Lester

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rizzo side

  19. chris says:
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    How about Polanco for Wheeler?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rather have Wheeler if its a redraft, might be a while for Polanco

  20. Brian says:
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    Dear mike, which side? Carlos Gomez and Alex Cobb, or billy Hamilton and hosmer?

  21. Brian says:
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    Dear mike, which side? Carlos Gomez and Alex Cobb, or billy Hamilton and hosmer? Keeper league

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Whoa. Double vision after zero beers. I like the Gomez side.

  22. gareth says:
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    Nice work Mike! Love the Beatles.
    Did you consider any alternative titles?

    Such as:

    Here comes the SAGNOF, do do do do.

    I am the SAGNOF, coo coo ca choo!

    SAGNOFFY Fields forever.

    Everybody’s got something to hide except for me and my SAGNOF.

    Lucy on the field with SAGNOFS.

    Hey! You’ ve got to stash your SAGNOF away.

    We all live in a SAGNOF submarine!

    We can SAGNOF It out.

    The Beatles and baseball combination is like catnip for me. Time for a nap.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha. Night night

  23. zaron says:
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    How about Luis Sardinas in Texas? He seems to have similar SB numbers as Odor. Looks like Sardinas is starting against LHP right now (its only been 1 game).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, if you are in a daily where you can take advantage of that it’s another good target

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