Sorry I missed you guys… and girls last week. I was having computer issues, and when you couple that with all my other issues, well then, you got a lot of issues. This week I’m going to keep focusing on steals after last week’s… I mean two weeks ago post where I went over the top pitchers and teams to steal against. You can read that here. It’s really exciting stuff. Speaking of exciting stuff, did any of you get a chance to stream Blake Snell? I didn’t see him getting called up this early, but as always, we get crushed when he gets sent down and now we have to wait for his next arrival. Stupid friggin’ Rays. I’m just glad he wasn’t Ian Snell out there.
Top SAGNOF Options
Players under 20% owned that should be available in most leagues.
- Rajai is still the king, but the return of Michael Brantley coupled with the emergence of Jose Ramirez as an outfield option might end up hurting the AB’s. The Cleveland outfield is crowded and the King is relegated to off-day SAGNOF for now. Keep in mind that you only want to use him versus RHP.
- Coco Crisp is old (36) but he can still run. Expect a four-times-a-week player that has shown signs of life with his 2 dongs and 4 steals on the year. I’ll take an off day bowl of Crisp.
- Odubel Herrera is way way way too under owned and its ridiculous that I’m talking about him. With a line of 10/2/8/4/.283 so far he shouldn’t be under 20% owned.
- Martin was once a draft day steal back in 2014. Last year, he was a bust and now he has been relegated to mop up SAGNOF. He’s a RHP-only play on an off day with a gentle wind from the east.
- Villar was a draft day SAGNOF’er, as some wanted to cuff the looming Orlando Arcia call up. Villar is an everyday player which is extra nice, because he gets to call Miller Park home.
- Michael Taylor needs to stop hitting the snooze button. This beast will wake up at some point, and when he does you want him. Like a wave, he will come crashing down but while that wave is up you need to ride him. An off day upside play for both speed and power, ala slam and legs.
- Hail SAGNOF! Hernandez is really starting to piss me off. Cesar you better run before you get shanked in the clubhouse. Just run already!
- Rafael Ortega is not just a crappy jarred salsa. It’s the new two-hole hitter for the Halos. He’s one to watch if he heats up. Batting in front of Trout and Pujols is a good place to be. He flashed some speed in his early minors years. After swiping a bag in his debut, I started getting high hopes but that got dashed a bit. He’s a total off day play especially when the Angels of not L.A. play the Rays (see below).
- Jarrod Dyson. This one is a gimme. He’s still under 20% owned and can lead to a standings jump if you play it right. Not an off day call but a rostered player. Yes, a bench bat. There I said it. Sometimes you need one of the SAGNOF variety.
Who To SAGNOF Against
- Crazy to see that 28 attempts have been made against the Brew Crew… and they haven’t even played the Reds yet! Lucroy has given up 15 of those steals and now I have just angered our resident giant JB. But wait, JB, he has also thrown out the most runners too with 8! This one is a mess, but I like my odds.
- The Rays haven’t thrown out one player! Not one f*%#&ng player. Jebbus Kristobal Hank Conger. 11 of those 15 are his problem.
- Cervelli was one of the worst last year and he picked up right where he left off. SAGNOF against right handed Pirates starter is advisable without a prescription.
- A.J.’s old and old people can’t throw out runners. The Braves are always one to stream pitchers against but now they are also a source of SAGNOF when mapping out your plays. The Braves play at Boston on Friday and Jackie Bradley Jr. should be available for the batty call.