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 Jays. Eric 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.
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.