I hope you’re all making a standings push as we inch toward September. Now is the time for action. Don’t wait too long and need a drastic solution. Don’t be like Patrick Swayze’s star character in Road House, bouncer extraordinaire Dalton. He kept having to up the violence ante to maintain the status quo. Look ahead at which categories could be within reach with a few wise adds this week.

  • Josh Rojas has been a hot add since his trade to the Diamondbacks. His minors profile is why. Across AA/AAA in 2019 he has 23 HRs/33 SBs in 105 games. The playing time is his only hurdle. We’ve seen Arizona yank around the minors best home run hitter, Kevin “The Best” Cron plenty this season. Wilmer Flores is also heating up and can be used at second.
  • The annual Travis Jankowski sighting is almost upon us. The Padres had to stash him in the minors until an OF spot became more available. That’s happened since the trade deadline and he was just called up. We’ll see what kind of timeshare he’s in but when healthy Jank is basically a lock for a 40 steals pace. If he can play somewhat regularly and net you ten or so that’s a standings catapult.
  • Jon Berti is an option if you miss out on Rojas. He’s the Florida version (read: worse) of Rojas with a similar power/speed minors profile. His playing time may be a little more regular with the floundering Fish.
  • Greg Allen feels like a player I will write about every year in SAGNOF. He’s hit a couple of big home runs lately and that may help get him into a spot in the order where he gets more green lights. Weirdly, he only has three steals in 176 PAs this season. It’s not from a lack of speed.
  • It was a rough weekend to be a closer. Scott Oberg has been shut down for the season with a blood clot. Not something you want to mess around with, so wishing him the best. Wade Davis is still Wade Davis it turns out and blew his a save chance. No one else is pitching particularly well in that bullpen, however. Carlos Estevez has a big arm and some closing experience. Ditto on experience for Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee. Jairo Diaz could be the dark horse if they all fail.
  • Sean Doolittle is making his annual IL stint. It doesn’t sound all that serious but Dr. Doo tends to wear down and can only get right with rest. Who knows how much rest will be required. The Nats have leaned on Daniel Hudson lately but also have Fernando Rodney, Hunter Strickland, Wander Suero, and Greg Holland in the mix. Oh, and Roenis Elias on the IL. Maybe Hudson can run with it and give us some clarity.

The easiest catchers to run on are as follows.

Name Team SB CS CS% Inn SB/Inn
Wilson Ramos NYM 73 13 15.1% 787.1 0.09
Yasmani Grandal MIL 51 20 28.2% 832 0.06
Jeff Mathis TEX 47 7 13.0% 562.1 0.08
Omar Narvaez SEA 46 10 17.9% 681.2 0.07
Buster Posey SFG 45 19 29.7% 673 0.07
Josh Phegley OAK 44 19 30.2% 648 0.07
Jonathan Lucroy – – – 43 16 27.1% 584.2 0.07
Robinson Chirinos HOU 41 10 19.6% 786 0.05
J.T. Realmuto PHI 40 34 45.9% 910.2 0.04
Danny Jansen TOR 36 16 30.8% 726.1 0.05
  1. Stumanji! says:
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    I’m locked into my H2H Rd 1 playoff matchup for Aug 26-Sep 8. My stupid opponent has gone with a no RP strategy so he’s punting Saves. Meanswhile, I’ve been running 4 closers to lock up Saves every week. Strategies are colliding. I’m considering dropping a closer for another SP/streaming spot to try to keep pace in Ks & QS. Think that’s a smart move? If so, who would you lose:

    CMart (@Mil, vs Cin, vs SF, @Pit)
    Liam Hendricks (@KC, @NYY, vs LAA, vs Det)
    Archie Bradley (@SF, vs LAD, vs SD, @Cin)
    Ian Kennedy (vs Oak, vs Bal, vs Det, @Mia)

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Can make daily moves? And is there an innings min?

      • Stumanji! says:
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        Yes, daily moves (max 4 per week). Innings min is only 20 IP.

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          What’s the rest of your staff?

          • Stumanji! says:
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            Meant to say 4 pickups* per week. Daily moves aren’t limited.

            Currently carrying 8 SP. My staff is Scherzer, Verlander, Bieber, Strasburg, Buehler, G. Marquez, Odorizzi, Caleb Smith. I don’t have any bench bats to cut because my IL is full (Stanton, Haniger) and I’m holding Mondesi too.

            Opponent has Cole, Kershaw, Lynn, and Ryu, and then he basically streams 5 SP spots.

            • Roto-Wan

              Roto-Wan says:
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              That’s a good staff. Do you think you have a shot to compete with him streaming what’s on the wire? If not, I’d say to consider going with the minimum innings and trying to win ratios and saves.

              • Stumanji! says:
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                I do think my staff is strong enough to beat him across the board (Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, and obviously Saves). I don’t just want to punt Ks and QS. I just don’t think I need 4 closers, so I guess the question is which of CMart, Bradley, Hendricks, and Kennedy would you let go?

      • Roto-Wan

        Roto-Wan says:
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        I might only start the week with Hendricks to protect your ratios and see if you get a save. If he doesn’t add an RP then keep the others benched. You can always get them all in if he does.

  2. toolshed says:
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    If you needed steals would you rather own margot or deshields? Deshields is listed as the starting cf. Mazara left the game today. Margot was out of lineup today in favor of myers. Not sure where jankowski fits in the mix. Ia.looking for sb and playing time. Anything else is gravy. Thanks

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I’d probably lean towards Deshields.

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