Happy Motherâs Day to all the folks out there today with mothers. No, not you pod people! And stop doing that Invasion of the Body Snatchers screech, I havenât slept in days. Every Motherâs Day, I like to turn my bloodshot eyes toward the mother of all Razzballinâ terms â SAGNOF! Is there a question we scribes get asked more about than where to find the steals and the saves? Maybe, but I ignore all backup catcher queries. Sorry, it’s something they teach up at the fantasy baseball college. Â When it comes to finding the elusive SAGNOF!, weâre going to have to wade into the deep end of the waiver waters. âSon, you just had a Hot Pocket, you gotta wait 30 minutes!âÂ Thanks, Mom, but Iâm a big boy now, and my fake baseball life is infinitely more important than my real life, since I basically punted saves on all my RCL teams andÂ I’veÂ been drowning ever since. Letâs fire up the Jammer CrammerÂ© machine and see if thereâs anything left for us SAGNOF! starved Razzaholics to salvage. Since it is Motherâs Day, Iâll let my mom give her opinion on each player. What greater gift can a son give his mother than an opportunity to say something on Razzball? Damn, Iâm cheap. Keep in mind your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guruâs mother calls fantasy baseball âStratty-Matics.â Hey, sheâs close, give her credit. Itâs time for the SAGNOF! edition of Jam it or Cram it.
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2014 Stats:Â 17 R, 1 HR, 10 RBI,Â 11 SB, .273 AV.
Availability:Â 65% Yahoo, 55% ESPN.
FAAB $$$ Value:Â $1. A dollar well spent.
The Gist: Alcides was a disappointment last year hitting just .234 with an OBP of .259. That would explain why he went undrafted this year. Now heâs just sitting there waiting for the SAGNOF! lovers to scoop him up. He currently has more steals than Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig and Andrew McCutchenÂ combined.
Key Stats:Â Alcides hit .295 with 35 steals just two seasons ago.
Guruâs Mom says:Â âIs he Cuban? You canât trust those Cubans.âÂ Mom, heâs from Venezuela. âOh, thatâs even worse! Your second cousin Johnny was kidnapped there. We said âkeep himâ.â
Jam it or Cram it:Â Escobar isÂ hitting .273, the OBP is at .333 and heâs tied for third in the league in steals. As long as he keeps getting on base Iâm loving the SAGNOF potential. JAM.
2014 Stats:Â 2 W, 5 S, 10 K, 2.81 ERA, 1.44 WHIP.
Availability:Â 50% Yahoo, 41% ESPN.
FAAB $$$ Value:Â $3. Itâll probably take more than this to get saves, but thatâs what heâs worth.
The Gist: Surprised that Lindstrom is this under-owned considering everyone goes SAGNOF! cray-cray once the season starts. The closers gig is Lindstromâs to lose on the South Side.
Key Stats:Â The 8:7 K:BB rate isnât really what youâre looking for in a closer, but we can’t be picky at this point.
Guruâs Mom says:Â âWhy donât you put the Stratty-Matics down. I made you Hot Pockets and chocolate milk.â Â You’re the best, Mommy.
Jam it or Cram it:Â It doesnât look like Lindstrom will be losing the closers role anytime soon as he saved two games last week and didnât give up a run. He should be owned across all leagues unless youâre playing fantasy cricket â what are you doing reading this!?Â JAM.
2014 Stats:Â 14 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB, .301 AV.
Availability:Â 95% Yahoo, 90% ESPN.
FAAB $$$ Value:Â $1. Ask your mom for a dollar. Tell her itâs for a Motherâs Day card.
The Gist: Stubbs won me some cash last week on DraftKings and I love me some Rockies â when they play at home. Stubbs is nice power/speed combo and over his last seven games heâs hitting .455 with a homer, three RBI, two steals and eight runs.
Key Stats:Â Stubbs K rate over his career is 32%. According to my fantasy baseball college textbook, that’s not good.
Guruâs Mom says:Â âWe used to call your Uncle Pete âStubbs.ââÂ Whyâs that, Ma? âAsk your Aunt Carole.â Â
2014 Stats:Â 1 W, 3 S, 10 K, 1.59 ERA, 0.76 WHIP.
Availability:Â 40% Yahoo, 34% ESPN.
FAAB $$$ Value:Â $5. Gotta spend when seeking the SAGNOF!
The Gist: Ok, thereâs a good chance Melancon is gone in your league, but if heâs not go grab him now. Melancon may just steal this job while Jason Grilli sits on the DL. Heâs blown just one save since taking over and Clint Hurdle will have some decisions to make come the end of the month.
Key Stats:Â Through 17 innings the K/BB ratio sits at 10/1.
Guruâs Mom says:Â âMy favorite Pirate is Johnny Depps. If I was 20 years youngerâŠâÂ His name is Johnny Depp, Ma. âI donât care, Iâd just be screaming Captain Jack all night!âÂ MOTHER!!!
Jam it or Cram it:Â With Grilli out until mid-May at the earliest Melancon is doing his best Kent Tekulve impersonation in Pittsburgh. Melanconâs ERA and WHIP are showing dominance and I predict he keeps the job all season. SAGNOF! starved? Trade a bench bat for him.Â JAM.Â Â
2014 Stats:Â 21 R, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 12 SB, .220 AV.
Availability:Â 71% Yahoo, 71% ESPN.
FAAB $$$ Value:Â $0. Donât get spend happy when searching for the SAGNOF!
The Gist: We had some jam love for Junior earlier this season when he was racking up six steals a week. Now heâs racking up splinters in his ass, chewing sunflower seeds on the bench. Mr. Met has the same amount of steals as EYJ this month.
Key Stats:Â Young led the NL with 44 stolen bases last season.
Jam it or Cram it: Since Juan Lagaresreturned to the Mets outfield EYJ has been the odd man out with only seven ABs in the last 10 days. Hard to get us the precious SAGNOF! if youâre not on base. CRAM.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RP, New York Mets: Really? Has it come to this? Someone tweeted at me lastÂ week wondering if Daisuke was worth adding. Thatâll get you thrown in Twitter jailÂ real quick, my friend. CRAM.
Thanks for Razzballin’, now go take your mom to lunch. After all, you are the reason she pees a little everytime she sneezes. Follow The Guru and his dirty turban on TwitterÂ @TheGuruGSÂ for fantasy roster 411’s, brushes with fame and his signature move â the scotch-fueled selfie.