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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zaron
zaron
8 years ago

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
Reply to  zaron
8 years ago

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

gareth
gareth
8 years ago

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
Reply to  gareth
8 years ago

Haha. Night night

Brian
Brian
8 years ago

Dear mike, which side? Carlos Gomez and Alex Cobb, or billy Hamilton and hosmer? Keeper league

Mike
Reply to  Brian
8 years ago

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

Brian
Brian
8 years ago

Dear mike, which side? Carlos Gomez and Alex Cobb, or billy Hamilton and hosmer?

chris
chris
8 years ago

How about Polanco for Wheeler?

Mike
Reply to  chris
8 years ago

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

chris
chris
8 years ago

What side do you like

Rizzo and Lincecum for Lester

Thanks!

Mike
Reply to  chris
8 years ago

Rizzo side

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
8 years ago

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
Reply to  OaktownSteve
8 years ago

Even better Thanks Steve!

Mustache monster
Mustache monster
8 years ago

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
Reply to  Mustache monster
8 years ago

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
Mustache monster
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

@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
Mustache monster
Reply to  Mustache monster
8 years ago

@Mustache monster:

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

Mike
Reply to  Mustache monster
8 years ago

Haha, dang!

Mike
Reply to  Mustache monster
8 years ago

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

Michael
Michael
8 years ago

Should I trade Tulo, Gardner and Wacha for Reyes, Stanton and Shields?
Thanks!

Mike
Reply to  Michael
8 years ago

I prefer Tulo side

No Soup for YU
No Soup for YU
8 years ago

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
Reply to  No Soup for YU
8 years ago

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

costaricanchata
costaricanchata
8 years ago

nice title , Mike .
enjoy your posts .

Mike
Reply to  costaricanchata
8 years ago

Thanks Costa, ditto on your comments

Rufus T. Firefly
Rufus T. Firefly
8 years ago

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
Reply to  Rufus T. Firefly
8 years ago

I would make that swap, yes.

The Guru
The Guru
8 years ago

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

Mike
Reply to  The Guru
8 years ago

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.

ryan
ryan
8 years ago

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
Reply to  ryan
8 years ago

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

BTXJ
8 years ago

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
Reply to  BTXJ
8 years ago

good call. thanks BTXJ!

BTXJ
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

@Mike: no doubt and nice read.

Mike
Reply to  BTXJ
8 years ago

thanks man

uncdrew
uncdrew
8 years ago

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

Mike
Reply to  uncdrew
8 years ago

ha! thanks. that makes you enlightened :)

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

Wake Up
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

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

Mike
Reply to  Wake Up
8 years ago

tastes better than turp

Jim
Jim
8 years ago

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
Reply to  Jim
8 years ago

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.

Wake Up
8 years ago

Here comes the sun (doodoodoodoo)
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s SAGNOF!

Mike
Reply to  Wake Up
8 years ago

ha!

Big Al
Big Al
8 years ago

H2H 12 man league. Got offered Wil Meyers and Mad Bum for Matt Kemp. Thoughts….

Mike
Reply to  Big Al
8 years ago

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

Carnac
Carnac
8 years ago

Love this series, Mike.

Mike
Reply to  Carnac
8 years ago

Thanks!

costaricanchata
costaricanchata
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

@Mike:

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

Mike
Reply to  costaricanchata
8 years ago

Haha thanks man

Cafuné
Maxi
8 years ago

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
Reply to  Maxi
8 years ago

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

Cafuné
Maxi
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

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

Mike
Reply to  Maxi
8 years ago

haha. no worries!

Mike
Reply to  Maxi
8 years ago

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

vinodole
vinodole
8 years ago

Alcides over Odor is no brainer right? Even for just this week?

Mike
Reply to  vinodole
8 years ago

yup, Alcides for sure

ctmusic
ctmusic
8 years ago

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
Reply to  ctmusic
8 years ago

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.