Tomorrow is September 1st which means:  Hooray for September roster expansions and the many interesting players likely to be called up.  My recent focus for Steals Ain’t Got No Face advice has been a weekly reminder to use our SAGNOF stolen base success rates versus starting pitchers tool.  This goes hand in hand with the September call ups because most of these players won’t play anywhere near everyday, but some of them might make great ‘streaming for steals’ options.And guess which type of players are among those getting called up?  Some of the trendy SAGNOF sleeper types from earlier in the year, including one of my favorites, Dalton Pompey (bats Both, plays OF) of the Toronto Blue JaysEric Young Jr. (B, OF, New York Mets) is on the way up as well and I think we all know what he can do.  James Jones (L, OF, Seattle), he of the 27 stolen bases in only 108 big league games last year, could be called upon as well.

A name that I didn’t know was Bradley Zimmer (L, OF, Cleveland Indians) a player with a mere 42 stolen bases in 129 minor league games this season.  “Mere” added for sarcasm.  That’s quite impressive.  Hopefully we’ll be seeing him soon.  Trea Turner (R, SS, Washington Nationals) is already up and has begun is career 0/8.  He doesn’t have the stolen base résumé of the other names on the list but he grades as a “70” for speed so if you want to stream a middle infielder there you go.

To repeat, this is a list of streaming options.  I doubt any of these players will be in the lineup often enough to be worth hanging onto in 12 team leagues.  I’ve included their handedness so you can better guess when they might be starting a game.  It’s also an incomplete list, I just wanted to put enough names out there for you to consider and have your eye on.

SAGNOF recommendations for streaming stolen bases: Dalton Pompey, James Jones, Eric Young Jr., Bradly Zimmer, Trea Turner are some of the names I found, but there will be more.

 

Saves Ain’t Got No Face

Is it possible for me to just declare victory based on some good recommendations last week?  Because not much has changed since then.  And when I thought there were situations that would make you want to scream, it turned out my post was a scream.  For once things went as planned, even Kevin Jepsen notched two saves since last week’s SAGNOF Special, despite this report “Perkins (neck) played catch Saturday and said he felt “great,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.” from last Sunday August 23rd.  I’ll repeat the names from last week, in case you missed it: John Axford, Tom Wilhelmsen, Kevin Jepsen, Jean Machi, and Wade Davis.

You want an update?  How about Jean Machi is officially the Red Sox closer.  How about Drew Pomeranz appears to still be the closer and with Sean Doolittle struggling it could stay that way.  Boom, outta here.  (Why are you still standing, there?  Walk away.)

Okay seriously, though, I might need to follow the path of J-FOH in the near future and get a bit more creative / find a slightly different focus for these remaining posts.  That’s overdue for the SAGNOF Special.

  1. G says:
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    Would you drop either Bruce rendon or Doolittle for axford. My other closers are kimbrel, wilhemson, and boxburger.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @G: Doolittle is probably drop-able for Axford right now, yeah. I don’t like Axford but Dolittle is running out of time to get his act together. Bruce Rondon.. I just don’t know what to say about him. I don’t think he should be getting hit that hard. Maybe I’ll take a look at his velocity readings.

      I hope you owned Wilhelmsen all of last week, it was sure a good one for him.

      • G says:
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        @RotoLance: yeah i had wilhemson. I needed him to win in saves. As for Ron don I guess I can give him a pass since the yankees have been either freezing cold or scorching hot with the hitting, the latter which rendon fell victim to. Thanks for the response.

  2. Lars says:
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    Would you rather have an inciarte and deshields on your team then just a straight speedster like pompey?

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @Lars: Pompey actually has some pop, so he’s not necessarily a straight speedster, but the other two will play more. Right now I have no reason to think Pompey should be part of anyone’s 12 team long term plans. He could be a pickup for one day as SB streamer though.

  3. J-FOH says:
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    I expressed to mike yesterday my concerns with pompey getting steals. Last I checked revere wasn’t stealing bases in toronto because they don’t need it. Not sure if pompey will get the opps. Situational SAGNOF is a biatch.

    • RotoLance

      RotoLance says:
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      @J-FOH: Yeah considering I wrote about Revere’s speed decline last week I should have probably known that too. I actually wrote this:

      Ben Revere has slowed down since joining the Blue Jays but he’s still producing in AVG and runs scored. I doubt the lack of steals is a coincidence, it’s possibly because of the change in teams. If you pick him up, don’t think of him as a SAGNOF savior because I doubt he will steal at his usual pace.

      Then basically forgot about it in terms of Pompey. Whoops.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @RotoLance: hahahaha, I have done the same thing too. I told someone to hold Noah because his next 4 games are against Miami and Atlanta not thinking how he might get skipped a few times in September.

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